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  1. Thirst
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  2. Thirst

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    Price R360.00

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Andrei Gelasimov
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) I've always believed that the most difficult task for an author is to write a simple story that encompasses some of the most profound and complex issues in life. This particular story centers on the current and remembered life of Kostya (Constantine is the Western version of the name). The story is told as Kostya and two former squad members from a Russian unit that fought in the Chechnya war together search for a fellow member of the same squad who had helped save them from a burning armored personnel carrier (APC). Kostya has been terribly burned in the APC attack and his face is so scarred that a neighbor lady invites him over to terrify her young son into obeying, which Kostya obligingly does. Reflecting on his life while he and his two war buddies search for their friend, we learn of real friendship, coping with multiple hard facts in life and a way to deal with anything that life throws at you. It is not (thankfully) one of those self-help books, but it is literature in its... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) Regardless of what your taste in literature is, consider throwing down a slug of Gelasimov. Thirst, his most recent book to be translated from Russian into English, may not intoxicate you, but it will alter your consciousness a bit. If you read solely to cater to your dopamine receptors (i.e. for pleasure alone), it would probably be best to look elsewhere than to Thirst. Thirst is not without pleasurable moments, but few would call it a feel good novel.

So why bother with this short (just over 100 pages) and often grim and gritty novel? Xenophilia and a taste for inclusivity, would be a couple of good reasons. More on them in a moment.

The story is not a complex one. Taking place over a few weeks and told in the first person, the protagonist Konstantin and two of his Chechnyan War buddies spend a couple of weeks driving around Moscow looking for a fourth war buddy that has disappeared unexpectedly. When the search is resolved, each of the members of the... Read more
Andrei Gelasimov has been feted in Russia and is both commercially and critically acclaimed. This novella is an attempt by Amazon Crossing to bring his work to the attention of the wider world. It tells the story of Konstantin, who desperate to get away from his father's lack of paternal instinct and an education he could not be bothered with, decided not to be a draft dodger in the war against Chechnya.

Whilst there his Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) is attacked and a hand grenade burns it out. He is mistaken for dead and hence is pulled from the burning wreck last. He has been terribly burned. After recovery he seeks solace in bouts of heavy vodka drinking. He works alone to earn enough money for these alcoholic bouts, his neighbour uses him to scare her son into obedience, I suppose as a sort of living bogey man. He is also in touch with his old comrades and part of the story is taken up with a vodka fuelled search for one who has gone missing.

His life... Read more
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