Sci-fi & Fantasy Book Club

Vita Nostra
Sunday, December 12, 2021 - 5:15pm to 6:15pm

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Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko

If you would like to participate, please RSVP to eshavers@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect. If you would like to attend virtually, please indicate that in your RSVP and the book club leader will send you Zoom link to attend the meeting. 

The definitive English language translation of the internationally acclaimed Russian novel—a brilliant dark fantasy combining psychological suspense, enchantment, and terror that makes us consider human existence in a fresh and provocative way.

Our life is brief . . .

Sasha Samokhina has been accepted to the Institute of Special Technologies.

Or, more precisely, she’s been chosen.

Situated in a tiny village, she finds the students are bizarre, and the curriculum even more so. The books are impossible to read, the lessons obscure to the point of maddening, and the work refuses memorization. Using terror and coercion to keep the students in line, the school does not punish them for their transgressions and failures; instead, it is their families that pay a terrible price. Yet despite her fear, Sasha undergoes changes that defy the dictates of matter and time; experiences which are nothing she has ever dreamed of . . . and suddenly all she could ever want.

A complex blend of adventure, magic, science, and philosophy that probes the mysteries of existence, filtered through a distinct Russian sensibility, this astonishing work of speculative fiction—brilliantly translated by Julia Meitov Hersey—is reminiscent of modern classics such as Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, Max Barry’s Lexicon, and Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale, but will transport them to a place far beyond those fantastical worlds.

Event address: 
326 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Books: 
Vita Nostra: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063054158
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Voyager - January 19th, 2021