"I read this one from cover to cover in one sitting without wanting to be disturbed for anything, so I would recommend it to any reader who enjoys a good story with a lot happening, and twists that end in a path you did not expect." --Kathryn Bennett, Readers' Favorite
"One of the striking features of the Russian language is its richness and this is particularly in evidence when presenting different shades of human feelings as love, sadness, tenderness, happiness, humor and revenge. It is this richness that Vadim Babenko has translated into English with his novel A Simple Soul....I can't say enough about Babenko's amazing power of description especially with his splendidly depicted characters." --Norman Goldman, Bookpleasures.com
About the Author
Vadim Babenko left two "dream" jobs - cutting-edge scientist and high-flying entrepreneur - in order to pursue his lifelong goal to write full-time. Born in the Soviet Union, he earned master's and doctoral degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, Russia's equivalent to MIT. As a scientist at the Soviet Academy of Sciences he became a recognized leader in the area of artificial intelligence. Then he moved to the U.S. and co-founded a high-tech company just outside of Washington, D.C. The business soon skyrocketed, and the next ambitious goal, an IPO on the stock exchange, was realized. But at this peak of success, Vadim dropped everything to set out on the path of a writer and has never looked back. He moved to Europe and, during the next eight years, published five books, including two novels, The Black Pelican and A Simple Soul, which were nominated for Russia's most prestigious literary awards. His third novel, Semmant, initially written in Russian and then translated with the author's active participation, is published exclusively in English.
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