Deathless

By Catherynne M. Valente
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765326300, 352pp.)

Publication Date: March 29, 2011

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Description

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.




About the Author
Catherynne M. Valente, the acclaimed author of many books for adults, made her children's book debut with "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making". She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband.
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