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- ASIN : B08QJMV92C
- Publisher : Betimes Books; 1st edition (December 13, 2020)
- Publication date : December 13, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2094 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 148 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,736 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“Soul Catcher” presents itself as a partly autobiographical novel. It describes the narrator’s return to Russia from Paris and a hallucinatory dreamscape of dead souls and a violent natural world. The reason for the return is the death of his narrator’s mother, a doctor, who performed birthings in the morning and abortions in the afternoon. She brings life and she takes it. She can't get the blood off her hands. The dead souls of her victims surround her and drive her to a miserable death.
The Russians live in a cruel natural world populated by animals, and suffer through dangerous encounters with the environment. In keeping with the natural world a more benign fish motif (referring to the biblical Miraculous Catch story) runs like a sparkling stream throughout the book.
Dim, the narrator, recalls his life as a soldier. He is sent to the North Pole where supplies are low and life is an endless mirage orchestrated by Mother Nature in her Mean Bitch persona. What follows is a dazzling presentation of an unbearable hell. Madness rules and the narrative falls into suicidal despair and malignant fantasy. The images is this portion of the novel are superbly conceived and written, and should stay with the reader for months, if not years.
Returning to the present, Dim leaves his family home and ends up in a city on the banks of the mighty Volga River. He's flat broke and writing begging letters to his friends in Paris for cash to get out of Russia. He teams up with a couple of prostitutes, one of whom seems to have magical qualities and becomes his true love. When his romance goes bad, he returns to Paris. And Paris is another kind of hellscape…
“Soul Catcher” is real soul music, and, yes, as several French critics said, it is reminiscent of Celine, although I'm not getting the immense disgust Celine portrays. Beautiful stuff. Images designed to stick in the brain. My head is still spinning from reading.....
Translated by Svetlana Pironko
Voices of the World Series
Betimes Books - 2020
“A language must be found...of the soul, for the soul and will include everything: perfumes, sounds, colors, thoughts grasping with thoughts.” - Arthur Rimbaud
In Soul Catcher, the Russian-born French writer, Dimitri Bornikov has found that language.
Soul Catcher is an extraordinary and profound reading experience. More than a novel...it is a stomach dropping wonder of a book, that will leave the reader thrilled, shaken and drained.
In this partly autobiographical work Dimitri Bortnikov's narrator, Dim, lays his soul bare recalling his dead loved ones, his time as a soldier in the North Pole, the Russian steppes, Genghis Khan's mongols, and Paris. His parents, grandparents, son, lovers. Dead souls, sex, dreams, hallucinations and madness.
Soul Catcher demands the reader's full and unadulterated attention. It is a challenging read. At times a surreal stream of consciousness, hurled at the reader with buzz-saw sentences, filled with ferocious poetry.
The rhythmic, vibrant translation by Svetlana Pironko, in collaboration with the author, makes this, Bortnikov's first one of his novels in the English language, a major event in publishing.
Applause to Betimes Books for their courageous and tireless efforts, in bring this major novel to readers around the world. It is destined to become a modern classic.