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Der ehemalige Sohn

The Ex-Son

Published by Diogenes as Der ehemalige Sohn
Original Title: Biwschij Sin

After being trampled at a mass panic in his Belarusian hometown, 16-year-old music student Zisk falls into a coma. Most people give up on him, his girlfriend, his mother, his doctor. Only his grandmother Elvira Alexandrovna stays by his side and sees to it that he is taken care of - for days, months, years. Zisk's mother falls in love with the doctor and has a baby with him. After ten years, at the very moment when Zisk is told that his grandmother has died, he wakes up. He realizes that his family has moved on to another period in their lives, that they don't want him anymore. The country as a whole, however, is still governed by the same authoritarian president, the general brain drain persists, the police quickly smother any kind of protest. Will Zisk find his place in Belarus?


General Fiction
320 pages
2021

978-3-257-07156-6

World rights are handled by Diogenes
(except Russian rights)

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»It seems to me that a cult writer of the first twenty years of the 21st century has appeared in Russia, replacing Viktor Pelevin.«

Mikhail Davidson

»Despite its brevity and Belarusian style, you are holding a really big Russian novel – perhaps the one that literature has been awaiting for years.«

Mikhail Idov / GQ Russia, Moscow

»If we leave out Svetlana Alexievich, who is already a classic, today the leaders of the literary course are Algerd Bakharevich in the Belarusian-speaking segment and Sasha Filipenko in the Russian-speaking segment.«

Nikolai Khalezin / (Playwright and director of the Belarus Free Theatre)

»When I had opened the book by Sasha Filipenko, I saw a great novel about the events taking place today in Belarus.«

Sergei Chuprinin / (Literary critic and jury president for the ›Russian Prize‹)

»The book is extremely lyrical. I don't think I've ever read anything better about a grandmother's love for her grandson.«

Alex Dubas / (Russian author)

»A powerful, dense, surprisingly sincere text.«

Natalya Sindeeva / (Founder and CEO of Rain TV)

»It seems to me that a cult writer of the first twenty years of the 21st century has appeared in Russia, replacing Viktor Pelevin.«

Mikhail Davidson

»Despite its brevity and Belarusian style, you are holding a really big Russian novel – perhaps the one that literature has been awaiting for years.«

Mikhail Idov / GQ Russia, Moscow

»If we leave out Svetlana Alexievich, who is already a classic, today the leaders of the literary course are Algerd Bakharevich in the Belarusian-speaking segment and Sasha Filipenko in the Russian-speaking segment.«

Nikolai Khalezin / (Playwright and director of the Belarus Free Theatre)

»When I had opened the book by Sasha Filipenko, I saw a great novel about the events taking place today in Belarus.«

Sergei Chuprinin / (Literary critic and jury president for the ›Russian Prize‹)

»The book is extremely lyrical. I don't think I've ever read anything better about a grandmother's love for her grandson.«

Alex Dubas / (Russian author)

»A powerful, dense, surprisingly sincere text.«

Natalya Sindeeva / (Founder and CEO of Rain TV)
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