Author(s): Vadim Levental
Passionate, talented, headstrong and ambitious, Masha takes the European film scene by storm, escaping her small provincial town to become the most daring, avant-garde auteur of her generation. Taking inspiration from her personal life -- a father who drinks, the desperation for immortality that drives her -- as well as the artists and poets she meets on the streets of St Petersburg, Masha courageously puts herself on the line by transforming her own experiences into art. But as painful memories of her childhood start to resurface, she is forced to confront her demons -- the betrayals, the cruelties. What personal price must Masha pay for staying true to her artistic vision?
Psychologically compelling and utterly original, this award-winning novel from Russia’s most exciting young writer asks profound questions about the nature of authenticity and the cost of pursuing an artistic life when there is everything to lose.
Vadim Levental studied Russian literature at St Petersburg State University. He is a literary critic, book editor and political commentator. Masha Regina is his first novel. He lives in St Petersburg, Russia. Lisa C. Hayden translates literature from Russian to English. Her highly regarded blog on Russian literature, Lizok's Bookshelf, is followed by critics, writers, translators, academics, agents and publishers. She lives in Maine, USA.