'The Last of the Vostyachs by Diego Marani is part mystery, part Scandinavian-noir, with a splash of 12 Monkeys' READINGS MONTHLY
He felt a shiver run down his spine when he heard the lateral fricative with labiovelar overlay ring out loud and clear in the chill air…It set forgotten follicles stirring in the soft part of his brain, disturbing liquids that had lain motionless for centuries, arousing sensations not made for men of the modern world.
Ivan grew up in a gulag and held his dying father in his arms. Since then he has not uttered a word. He has lived in the wild, kept company only by the wolves and his reindeer-skin drum. He is the last of an ancient Siberian shamanic tribe, the Vostyachs, and the only person left on earth to know their language.
But when the innocent wild man Ivan is found in the forests by the lively linguist Olga, his existence proves to be a triumphant discovery for some, a grave inconvenience for others. And the reader is transported into the heart of the wildest imagination.
About the Author
Diego Marani was born in Ferrara in 1959. He has worked as a translator and policy officer for the European Commission and has written several other novels, collections of essays and short stories. Marani's earlier novel, New Finnish Grammar, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award and the Best Translated Book Award.
Judith Landry won the 2012 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize for her translation of New Finnish Grammar.
Paperback | 208 pages
154 x 233 x 15mm | 260g
24 Apr 2013
The Text Publishing Company
A secondhand book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal (barely visible) scuff marks and minor creasing, but no holes or tears. All pages are undamaged, with very minimal creasing (only very minor creasing to the last 3 pages of the book), and no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.