book cover of Vita Nostra
Added by 4 of our members

Vita Nostra

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
The definitive English-language translation of the internationally best-selling Russian novel - a brilliant dark fantasy with "the potential to be a modern classic" (Lev Grossman), combining psychological suspense, enchantment, and terror that makes us consider human existence in a fresh and provocative way.

Our life is brief....

While vacationing at the beach with her mother, Sasha Samokhina meets the mysterious Farit Kozhennikov under the most peculiar circumstances. The teenage girl is powerless to refuse when this strange and unusual man with an air of the sinister directs her to perform a task with potentially scandalous consequences. He rewards her effort with a strange golden coin.

As the days progress, Sasha carries out other acts for which she receives more coins from Kozhennikov. As summer ends, her domineering mentor directs her to move to a remote village and use her gold to enter the Institute of Special Technologies. Though she does not want to go to this unknown town or school, she also feels it's the only place she should be. Against her mother's wishes, Sasha leaves behind all that is familiar and begins her education.

As she quickly discovers, the institute's "special technologies" are unlike anything she has ever encountered. The books are impossible to read, the lessons obscure to the point of maddening, and the work refuses memorization. Using terror and coercion to keep the students in line, the school does not punish them for their transgressions and failures; instead, their families pay a terrible price. Yet despite her fear, Sasha undergoes changes that defy the dictates of matter and time; experiences that are nothing she has ever dreamed of...and suddenly all she could ever want.

A complex blend of adventure, magic, science, and philosophy that probes the mysteries of existence, filtered through a distinct Russian sensibility, this astonishing work of speculative fiction - brilliantly translated by Julia Meitov Hersey - is reminiscent of modern classics such as Lev Grossman's The Magicians, Max Barry's Lexicon, and Katherine Arden's The Bear and the Nightingale, but will transport them to a place far beyond those fantastical worlds.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"I first encountered VITA NOSTRA in 2009, and then, as now, I was stunned by what I read – not just by the story, which was a revelation to me in itself, but also by the vividness and fluency and power of Hersey's translation. VITA NOSTRA has become a powerful influence on my own writing. It's a book that has the potential to become a modern classic of its genre, and I couldn’t be more excited to see it get the global audience in English it so richly deserves." - Lev Grossman


Similar books by other authors

thumb
Kingdom of Copper
(Daevabad Trilogy, book 2)
S A Chakraborty
thumb
The Poppy War
(Poppy War, book 1)
R F Kuang

Used availability for Sergey Dyachenko's Vita Nostra

Hardback Editions

November 2018 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey and Marina Dyachenko
ISBN: 0-06-269459-6 / 978-0-06-269459-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2018 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko
ISBN: 0-00-827285-9 / 978-0-00-827285-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

September 2019 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Marina Dyachenko, Sergey Dyachenko
ISBN: 0-00-827289-1 / 978-0-00-827289-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


November 2018 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko
ISBN: 0-00-827286-7 / 978-0-00-827286-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

November 2018 : Audio CD
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Sergiy Dyachenko, Maryna Shyrshova-Dyachenko, Sergey and Marina Dyachenko
ISBN: 1-982555-03-3 / 978-1-982555-03-0
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


November 2018 : Audio CD
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra Lib/E
Author(s): Sergiy Dyachenko, Maryna Shyrshova-Dyachenko, Sergey and Marina Dyachenko, Sergey
ISBN: 1-982555-02-5 / 978-1-982555-02-3
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


November 2018 : MP3 CD
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Marina Dyachenko, Sergey Dyachenko
ISBN: 1-982555-04-1 / 978-1-982555-04-7
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2018 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


November 2018 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


November 2018 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2018 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon   


November 2018 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey and Marina Dyachenko
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


November 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Marina Dyachenko, Sergey Dyachenko
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU