One More Year
One More Year
Spiegel & Grau, Paperback, 9780385524407, 244pp.
Publication Date: August 11, 2009
One More Year is Sana Krasikov’s extraordinary debut collection, illuminating the lives of immigrants from across the terrain of a collapsed Soviet Empire. With novelistic scope, Krasikov captures the fates of people–in search of love and prosperity–making their way in a world whose rules have changed.
“Sana Krasikov’s memorable characters emerge, fully formed and breathing on their own, from a deep, clear pool of seemingly effortless language, a knowing and incisive but empathetic sensibility. These stories are original, resplendent, and brilliant.”—Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man
“Sana Krasikov is the real thing. Her stories take shape inside the specific world of émigrés wrestling with language and loss and the stubborn details of survival, but they open into the largest of worlds and speak a universal language of heartbreak and desire.”—Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies
“In her stunning short-story debut, Krasikov hones in on the subtleties of hope and despair that writhe in the hearts of her protagonists, largely Russian and Georgian immigrants who have settled on the East Coast … Krasikov’s prose is precise, and her stories are intelligent, complex, and passionate.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sana Krasikov’s observations of the world her characters inhabit—full of big and small tragedies, laughable and lamentable incidents—are as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, yet her understanding of her characters—most often of their follies and imperfections—are tender and sympathetic. She treats every story as a novel, and the readers of these stories will, in the end, live with the characters beyond the space of a short story. These stories are the debut of a major literary voice shaped by the literary traditions both American and Russian.”—Yiyun Li, author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
“Shrewdly humane and formally exquisite . . . Krasikov is as good as Junot Díaz and Jhumpa Lahiri were at this stage in their careers.”—Miami Herald
“Stunning.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Immediate, urgent, and gratifyingly real.”—Entertainment Weekly
Tell Me More is reading literature from countries on the rise in the global arena: the so-called BRICS nations â�� Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Sana Krasikov's short story collection, One More Year, focuses on Russia. She talks with host Michel Martin about her characters and what it takes to make it in Russia. More at NPR.org
NPR Audio Player Requires Flash Upgrade: Please upgrade your plug-in to view this content.