Monday, November 10, 2008

One More Year by Sana Krasikov

I just finished One More Year by Sasha Krasikov. I loved it! This book is for you if you'd like to: know exactly what the Russian immigrant/returnee (to the "new" Russia) experience currently is; get a window into the current world of Moscow's brightest entrepreneurs; view the nitty-gritty of American culture and Russian culture through the eyes of an acutely perceptive and aware Russian-Georgian-Jewish emigre to America who writes extremely well.

She nails very evasive emotions and truths which seem to belong to others in faraway places but are in fact true to our own experiences. Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies, articulates Krasikov's talent best (below you'll see her referred to as "Sana", which is a diminutized version of the nickname "Sasha", which, you probably know, is a nickname for "Alexandra/Alexander"- Russians love multiple nicknames): "Sana Krasikov is the real thing. Her stories take shape inside the specific world of emigres wrestling with language and loss and the stubborn details of survival, but they open into the largest of worlds and speak a universal language of heartbreak and desire."

2 comments:

Cara Black said...

Hi Kara with a K from Cara with a C,

Now I have to get One More Year from my library. Thanks for the post!

Brian Barker said...

I think the World needs a spoken Univeral Language as well.

An interesting video can be seen at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670

Other detail can be seen at http://www.lernu.net