Pale Heroes


Original Title: Blasse Helden

Hardcover with jacket, 320 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-8135-0777-5
€ 22.00 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Knaus

Date of publication: March 12, 2018
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Arthur  Isarin - Pale Heroes


"A bold literary adventure" Viktor Jerofejew

Post-Soviet Russia in the 1990s: a country descending into chaos; in the hands of unscrupulous racketeers, pervaded by privatization, oligarchs and criminality. This is the setting for Arthur Isarin’s Pale Heroes.

When the 32-year-old German Anton moves to Moscow in the early 1990s, he is hired by a shady entrepreneur who is looking for a reliable Mr Fix-It for his risky commodity dealings in the rapidly disintegrating Soviet Union. Anton is the ideal man for the job – he has no political affiliations, asks no moral questions, and remains emotionally detached. His only interests are women and the grand culture of Russia – and money so he can afford both. Before long Anton has gained access to the new elite of the country. But then in the winter of 1999, the scales turn: Putin comes to power and Anton has a choice to make – join in or leave everything behind?

As an insider with an intimate knowledge of this epoch, Arthur Isarin tells the story of Anton, a young man leading an easy-going, carefree life beyond morals and ideologies. As an outsider, Anton becomes a chronicler of a frenzied decade in which the cry for a new "strong hand" paves the way for the autocrat Putin.


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