Read the world with us!
Each month we’re exploring a different Deep Vellum title, moderated by the Deep Vellum team! This month, we’ll be talking about THE MOUNTAIN AND THE WALL by Russian author Alisa Ganieva, translated from the Russian by Carol Apollonio.
This remarkable debut novel by a unique young Russian voice portrays the influence of political intolerance and religious violence in the lives of people forced to choose between evils. THE MOUNTAIN AND THE WALL focuses on Shamil, a young local reporter in Makhachkala, and his reactions, or lack thereof, to rumors that the Russian government is building a wall to cut off the Muslim provinces of the Caucasus from the rest of Russia. As unrest spreads and the tension builds, Shamil’s life is turned upside down, and he can no longer afford to ignore the violence surrounding him. With a fine sense for mounting catastrophe, Ganieva tells the story of the decline of a society torn apart by its inherent extremes.
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