Aleksei Nikitin

ABOUT FACE OF FIRE

"No, there are no execution scenes at Babii Yar in the novel. But nonetheless Bat-Ami is about the executions at Babii Yar. Even more than that: it is about the Kyiv that ended with those murders, and the Kyiv that began after them. And, no, Nikitin isn’t giving us a moral lesson – at least not only. He gives us a masterful work of literature."
THE VILLAGE

"If Grossman’s novel «Life and Fate» is the «War and Peace» of the 20th century, than Nikitin’s «From the Face of Fire» has the potential to become the «War and Peace» of the 21st century... Everything in this novel is contemporary: both the perspective on historical events and the manner of narration. At the same time, the theme and philosophical message of the book is as old as time itself."
SOFIA BOGATYREVA

ABOUT ISTEMI

"The mystery plot...comes to a sublime anticlimax...a gritty, jaded depiction of post-1989 Ukraine."
WALL STREET JOURNAL

"The story — at times hauntingly evocative... is held together by the narrator’s nuanced character.”
THE NEW YORKER

"Y.T. is gripping, sardonic and elegantly written."
BBC

"Encapsulates a multitude of Ukraines... Y.T. questions how much change a few decades, or even centuries, of war and revolution can ever really bring... Nikitin's Kiev is a city on a hill littered with nostalgia, enjoying a tenuous, tedious peace."
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

“[A] tense and melancholic novel of trust betrayed.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Nikitin is an incisive social critic...Stands as an indictment against corruption and false promises, wherever they occur."
ASYMPTOTE

ABOUT VICTORY PARK

"Aleksey Nikitin who before dedicating himself to literature worked as a physicist and was also involved in constructing the sarcophagus over the reactor at Chernobyl, brilliantly continues the tradition of the Kiev school of literature, well known through Paustovsky’s memoires and Bulgakov’s »White Guard«."
LA STAMPA

"The soviet and mystical city Kiev and its inhabitants are very important to this author. He recreates his city, of which he knows every corner and alley, and which he really loves and (not without success) attempts to imbue this love in his readers."
JURY NATIONAL BESTSELLER 2014

"A novel in which the driving force above all is love, finely interwoven with the author’s humour."
KUL TPROSVET

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