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Igor Savelyev

MISSION TO MARS

A novel

Translated by Amanda Love-Darragh

ISBN 9785717201216
200 pp.

Mars symbolizes freedom and a daring goal, different for each character. One goes to America to break away from the humdrum provincial life. Other protagonists launch a campaign against a dishonest airline exploiting people’s fear of flying by promising false guarantees of safety, for an extra price. The protest peters out after the arrests sobering the young people’s enthusiasm. Reports of actual plane crashes accompany the narrative providing a frightening backdrop.

New “heroes of our times”: confused and disillusioned young Russians growing up in conditions of wild capitalism and political stagnation.

28-year-old Savelyev won many literary prizes for his “masterful prose based on brilliant counterpoints.” His stories have been translated into many languages.