Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.

Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei’s beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.

Title:Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780765326300
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    Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1) Reviews

  • Nataliya

    I name Catherynne Valente an honorary Russian. She has a Russian soul, somehow; otherwise how could she have written this book?! This is a book about love. And life. Death. War. Loss. Hope. Despair. "...

  • David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party

    Deathless is a hauntingly beautiful novel that will stay with you forever!Life is often full of beauty and joy. But life can also be cruel and painful at times. So it is only natural that the Czar of ...

  • C.G. Drews

    I AM SO PROUD OF ME FOR READING AN ADULT BOOK!! I'm generally a disagreeable child when it comes to peering outside of YA. I need my crayons and my cupcakes. But Deathless was fantastically magical an...

  • destini mia

    “Death, keep off, I am your enemy, and you will not deny me.” Deathless is one of those books that consumes you at every moment, where it is in every one of your thoughts, and once you ...

  • Katya

    I could have sworn I'd reviewed this book. I could have sworn I'd at least added it to my 'read' shelf! Either I'm crazy or Goodreads ate the review, which is all entirely possible.Either way, I'm sor...

  • Bradley

    Re-Read 7/13//18:Valente is always worth re-reading IMHO. And other than making a few grand sweeping comments about birds and husbands, I have nothing to add to this marvelous piece of literature. The...

  • Samantha

    This book is beautifully written but try as I might, I probably couldn't tell you what it's about. It feels like a series of stories, some eerie and some not, twisted up into Russian history where it'...

  • Victoria Schwab

    One of the strangest, hardest, most magical books I've ever read. ...

  • Kogiopsis

    I suppose I should open this review with a disclaimer: this book has a 4.6 star average rating among my friends and a 4.16 rating overall, so clearly I'm an outlier here. Many of the critiques that I'...

  • Kai

    "Her heart was so cold that she could hold ice in her mouth and it would never melt."This is so hard to rate, for this was a stunning and breathtaking novel. Full and rich of a poetic language that le...