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Vita Nostra

(2012)
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Our life is brief . . .

The definitive English language translation of the internationally bestselling Russian novel – a brilliant dark fantasy combining psychological suspense, enchantment, and terror that makes us consider human existence in a fresh and provocative way.

‘A book that has the potential to become a modern classic.’
Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Magicians

Our life is brief . . .

Sasha Samokhina has just met Farit Kozhenikov and her life will never be the same again.

Whilst on holiday, Sasha is asked by the mysterious Farit to undertake a strange task for him. Reluctantly, she obliges, and is rewarded with a shining golden coin. The more tasks she performs, the more coins Sasha receives until Farit instructs her – against the wishes of her family – to travel to a remote village and use her gold to gain entrance to the Institute of Special Technologies.
Sasha quickly discovers this is no ordinary school. The books are impossible to read, the lessons obscure to the point of maddening, and the knowledge itself refuses to be remembered. Despite
this, Sasha undergoes changes that defy matter and time; with experiences that are nothing like what she could have dreamed of before… but which are suddenly all she could ever want.
But this learning comes at a cost. The school uses terror and coercion to keep students in line: should they transgress at all, their families pay a terrible price…

A complex blend of adventure, magic, science, and philosophy, expressed through a distinctly Russian voice, this astonishing story will transport the reader to a place far beyond imagining.

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


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November 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Vita Nostra: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey and Marina Dyachenko
ISBN: 0-06-269459-6 / 978-0-06-269459-1 (USA edition)
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Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Marina Dyachenko, Sergey Dyachenko
ISBN: 0-00-827285-9 / 978-0-00-827285-2 (UK edition)
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September 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Marina Dyachenko, Sergey Dyachenko
ISBN: 0-00-827289-1 / 978-0-00-827289-0 (UK edition)
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November 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Marina Dyachenko, Sergey Dyachenko
ISBN: 0-00-827286-7 / 978-0-00-827286-9 (UK edition)
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November 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Vita Nostra: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey and Marina Dyachenko
ISBN: 1-982555-03-3 / 978-1-982555-03-0
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November 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Vita Nostra Lib/E
Author(s): Sergiy Dyachenko, Maryna Shyrshova-Dyachenko, Sergey, Marina Dyachenko
ISBN: 1-982555-02-5 / 978-1-982555-02-3
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November 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Marina Dyachenko, Sergey Dyachenko
ISBN: 1-982555-04-1 / 978-1-982555-04-7
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Vita Nostra [Our Life]: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
Publisher: HarperAudio
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November 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Vita Nostra [Our Life]: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
Publisher: HarperAudio
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November 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Vita Nostra [Our Life]: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
Publisher: HarperAudio
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November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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November 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Julia Meitov Hersey - translator
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon AU   


November 2018 : UK Audio edition
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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
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Title: Vita Nostra: A Novel
Author(s): Sergey and Marina Dyachenko
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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November 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Vita Nostra
Author(s): Marina Dyachenko, Sergey Dyachenko
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU