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Grey Bees: A captivating, heartwarming story about a gentle beekeeper caught up in the war in Ukraine

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It was almost noon, high time to head back to the house, but that spot on the field, on the rising slope towards Zhdanivka and the Ukrainian trenches, puzzled Sergeyich and would not let him go. Kurkov handles the book’s solemn argument—how war destroys everyone’s lives—with a light touch and gently ironic humor that comes through beautifully in Boris Dralyuk’s translation, which alternates lush lyricism with wry humor.

Adott egy merőben neutrális tér, ahol a katonák (az "ukrók" éppúgy, mint a "mieink", vagyis az oroszok) csak távoli, testetlen entitások, akik a fejünk fölött lövik egymást. The first third of the book concerns Sergeyich's life in the village, before he loads up his ancient Lada (complete with Soviet numberplates) with provisions and beehives and sets off for a trip around Ukraine.No matter how many accolades or good reviews a novel has received, it will still leave some readers cold. year-old safety inspector-turned-beekeeper Sergey Sergeich, wants little more than to help his bees collect their pollen in peace. There's a lot of destruction here, with the appalling bigotry shown to Muslims and the relentless grinding damage of the war that has become a new normal, but there's also a lot of human warmth and decency standing stubbornly in the face of it all. The village has completely emptied out, its inhabitants all fleeing, save for Sergeyich and one other local, Pashka Khmelenko. We as readers witness trough his eyes t he absurdity of war, propaganda, and senseless loss in all the spheres of life.

I know the book was written without knowledge of the current war, and it is perhaps because of that the author could employ humour, but thanks to the creative spirit and inspiration of Andrey Kurkov, these people will not be forgotten. We acknowledge (and remind and warn you) that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Akhtem’s wife invites him to make a home for his bees near Akhtem’s hives in the orchard, and he does. Noting “the ringing of bee-wings” amid the morning’s sounds, Sergeyich reflects that he “wasn’t merely the owner of an apiary, after all—he was the representative of the legitimate interests of its bees.Now Sergeyich lay in bed, seized by a strange anxiety because of the snowfall, which seemed too loud. Andrey Kurkov (Andrej Kurkow, Andreï Kourkov, Андрей Юрьевич Курков) was born in Leningrad in 1961 and now lives in Kiev. Into this silence were woven the whisper of foliage, the breeze’s breath, the buzzing of bees—all tiny sounds that constitute the peaceful silence of summer.

Als angeblicher Separatistenfreund wird Sergej angegriffen und aus dem ukrainischen Hinterland vertrieben. Sergey’s once-thriving village’s now virtually abandoned, littered with bombed-out buildings, the sounds of shelling dominating the surrounding landscape. In der zweiten Hälfte des Romans macht sich Sergej mit seinen sechs Bienenstöcken auf in westlichere Regionen. It also follows the classic quest narrative with some intricate character growth from being an isolationist to inserting himself as a helper.Susan Bernofsky directs the program in literary translation at the Columbia University School of the Arts and has translated works by Robert Walser, Yoko Tawada, Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Jenny Erpenbeck, and Uljana Wolf.

Auf der Krim sind es die Repressalien gegen seine tatarischen Gastgeber, die ihm die Freude an der Natur, den Bienen und ihrem Honig vergällen. A Guggenheim, Cullman, and Berlin Prize fellow, she is currently at work on a new translation of Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain. The bees are a nice touch too -- not too front and center, but the low-level care and attention they need the kind of obligation that helps keeps Sergeyich focused.In Crimea, he finds stunning natural beauty and peace, but these contrast with the life of the Tatars themselves who face constant injustice and persecution.

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