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Rote Kreuze

Red Crosses

Published by Diogenes as Rote Kreuze
Original Title: Krasny Krest

A great Russian novel in only 280 pages – from Stalin’s terror to the present day.

One fights against forgetting, the other would like nothing more than that.

She is suffering from Alzheimer’s, losing more and more memories. But once you meet this old lady, you’ll never forget her.

Alexander is a young man whose life has been brutally torn in two. Tatiana Alexeyevna is over ninety and getting more forgetful by the day. The old lady tells her new neighbour her life story, encompassing the entire Russian 20th century and all its horrors. And she tells him: »God is afraid of me. There are too many uncomfortable questions coming His way.«

Bit by bit, the two recognize their own broken hearts in each other and forge an unlikely friendship, a pact against forgetting.


General Fiction
288 pages
2020

978-3-257-07124-5

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»A tour de force. A book full of sound and fury, but also greatness and gentleness.«

Astrid de Larminat / Le Figaro littéraire, Paris

»An important, necessary book. Both for Russia, which suffers from historic amnesia, and Europe which is also running the risk of losing its historic memory.«

Dmitry Glukhovsky / (Russian author)

»Sasha Filipenko is one of those young writers who immediately gained a reputation for being a serious author. If you want to get inside the head of modern, young Russia, read Filipenko.«

Svetlana Alexievich

»A tour de force. A book full of sound and fury, but also greatness and gentleness.«

Astrid de Larminat / Le Figaro littéraire, Paris

»An important, necessary book. Both for Russia, which suffers from historic amnesia, and Europe which is also running the risk of losing its historic memory.«

Dmitry Glukhovsky / (Russian author)

»Sasha Filipenko is one of those young writers who immediately gained a reputation for being a serious author. If you want to get inside the head of modern, young Russia, read Filipenko.«

Svetlana Alexievich
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