Laurus

Laurus

Book - 2015
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Fifteenth-century Russia. It is a time of plague and pestilence, and a young healer, skilled in the art of herbs and remedies, finds himself overcome with grief and guilt when he fails to save the one he holds closest to his heart. Leaving behind his village, his possessions and his name, he sets out on a quest for redemption, penniless and alone. But this is no ordinary journey: wandering across plague-ridden Europe, offering his healing powers to all in need, he travels through ages and countries, encountering a rich tapestry of wayfarers along the way. Accosted by highwaymen, lynched in Yugoslavia and washed overboard at sea, he eventually reaches Jerusalem, only to find his greatest challenge is yet to come. Winner of two of the biggest literary prizes in Russia, Laurus is a remarkably rich novel about the eternal themes of love, loss, self-sacrifice and faith, from one of the country's most experimental and critically acclaimed novelists.
Publisher: London, England, Oneworld Publications,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9781780747552
Characteristics: xii, 365 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hayden, Lisa C. - Translator

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smgifford
Sep 19, 2016

This book is beautiful, simple, and yet staggering in its scope. Set in medieval Russia, along with a journey to Jerusalem, we follow the life of a remarkable "holy fool," as he sets out to find redemption and healing, not only for himself, but for everyone around him. Living in a post-modern, post-traditional faith-type of world, I found this book heartbreaking, believable in its simplicity and language. This will be one to reread in years to come, which is, of course, the test of a good book.

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jestrader
Mar 07, 2016

Disappointing. Long hike for little return.

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