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Never before has Russian literature produced such an honest and complete picture of today's Caucasus Kommersant Weekend Russia The Mountain and the Wall is a major event in contemporary Russian literature Ulrich M Schmid Neue Zürcher Zeitung GermanyThis remarkable debut novel by a uniue young Russian voice portrays the influence of political intolerance and religious violence in the lives of people forced to choose between evils The Mountain and the Wall focuses on Shamil a young local reporter in Makhachkal. The recently translated Islamic fundamentalist takeover dystopia novel that isn t Houellebec And whose characters are rather less jaundiced In a near future Dagestan there are rumours that Putin s Russia has had enough of dealing with trouble from the Caucasus country and has just put a wall up across the border like the Berlin Wall as a couple of characters say and it proves to be true Extremist Salafi Wahhabi insurgents already present in fairly significant numbers see a power vacuum and uickly try to seiz

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Debut the novella Salaam Dalgat won the prestigious Debut Prize in 2009 Shortlisted for all of Russia's major literary awards The Mountain and the Wall is her first novel and has already been translated into several languages Ganieva lives in Moscow where she works as a journalist and literary criticCarol Apollonio PhD is a professor of Slavic and Eurasian studies at Duke University Her most recent translations include German Sadulaev's The Maya Pill Dalkey Archive 2014 and new versions of Anton Chekhov stori. Disclaimer I have not finished this bookI read the introduction prologue and first chapter about 40 pages and just had to stop reading I personally did not find it engaging or relatable Maybe I ll try again later much much later

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A and his reactions or lack thereof to rumors that the Russian government is building a wall to cut off the Muslim provinces of the Caucasus from the rest of Russia As unrest spreads and the tension builds Shamil's life is turned upside down and he can no longer afford to ignore the violence surrounding himWith a fine sense for mounting catastrophe Alisa Ganieva tells the story of the decline of a society torn apart by its inherent extremesAlisa Ganieva born in 1985 grew up in Makhachkala Dagestan Her literary. A refreshing new voice in Russian literature by 2011 Iowa International Writing Program alumna Alisa Ganieva s The Mountain and the Wall translated from the Russian by my graduate school mentor Carol Apollonio with a great introduction by Ronald Meyer of Columbia University s Harriman InstituteThis is a pretty damn amazing book the first novel ever in English from the Russian republic of Dagestan and a debut novel that offers a completely new voice in Russian literature a woman Muslim from Dagestanit s a tr


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  1. says:

    The recently translated Islamic fundamentalist takeover dystopia novel that isn't Houellebec And whose characters are rather less jaundiced I

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    Let me make a uick note for anyone who is considering reading this book there is a Glossary at the back I only found it as I finished the book and had spent the majority of the novel just context clue ing unfamiliar terms and it would have bee

  3. says:

    unexpected and priceless find courtesy of fembooks on livejournal alisa ganieva is a young moscow born daghestan writer; her

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    Knowing nothing really about Dagestan other than it's where the Boston Marathon bombers' family came from reading this novel felt like being dipped into an experience than following a plot The premise is that Russia decides to separate itself from the strife and turmoil of the North Caucasian region by building a wall A handful of intertwined characters react to this development and reveal the intricate strand

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    A refreshing new voice in Russian literature by 2011 Iowa International Writing Program alumna Alisa Ganieva's The Mountain and the Wall translated from the Russian by my graduate school mentor Carol Apollonio with a great introduction by Ronald Meyer of Columbia University's Harriman InstituteThis is a pretty damn amazing book—the first novel ever in English from the Russian republic of Dagestan and a debut novel that offers

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    The Mountain and the Wall tells the interwoven stories of a community being undone It is set in Dagestan but could have taken place anywhere from the former Yugoslavia to Indonesia In part it is the story of Wahhab

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    First published in 2012 Alisa Ganieva's novel is a powerful work Taking her native Dagestan as her subject she imagines a situation in which Islamism grips the contemporary state as it is in turn physically cut off from Russia Given the traged

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    Disclaimer I have not finished this bookI read the introduction prologue and first chapter about 40 pages and just had to stop reading I personally did not find it engaging or relatable Maybe I'll try again later

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    Firstly this took me ages to read because of the setting I have never touched anything Dagestani before so all cultural references and all the vocabulary from their five million ethnic groups Islam related terminology was lost on me Every time a new term was used often 3 in one Kindle page there was an explanation within brackets Needless to say I didn't exactly write these down and I don't have a perfect me

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    I think I was so leery of the whole notion of Islamic dystopia that I didn't relax and start enjoying the book until 23 of the way thr