Spring in Siberia-9781636280707

Spring in Siberia by Mozgovoy, Artem

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Author: Mozgovoy, Artem

Of specific Gay interest

Published on 18 May 2023 by Red Hen Press in the United States.

Hardback | 256 pages
139 x 560 x 19 | 316g

A work of earnest, grounded, and ultimately hopeful testimony of selfhood at the brink. Ocean Vuong

1985. Russia. As the Soviet Union disintegrates and Western capitalism spreads its grip across their land, the Morozov family finds itself consigned to the remote, icy wastes of Siberia. It is here that their only child, Alexey, is born.

A sweet and gentle schoolboy, Alexey discovers that reciting poetry learnt by heart calms his fears. That winter gales can be battled with self-invented games, and solace found through his grandmothers rituals and potions. But when Alexeys classmate, the son of KGB agents, confesses his love, the desire of two boys to be together clashes violently with the mad world around them.

Exploring the healing power of literature, the magic of first love, and the ways our family and homeland can save (or shatter) us,Spring in Siberiais a coming-of-age novel that, in the darkest of times, glows with hope and the yearning for freedom to be oneself completely.