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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..."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: London, England : Oneworld, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781780747552
Branch Call Number: Fiction Vodolazkin
Characteristics: xii, 365 pages : map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hayden, Lisa C.


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Nov 21, 2019

Laurus is what great story, writing and life is all about. A beautiful book for the soul, body, and spirit. It recounts the journey, trials, joys and sufferings of a medieval Russian Orthodox man towards "Theosis", unity with God. This is simply a great story, a book worthy of reading, and mostly a book that our culture NEEDS to read. Enjoy this book. It is a breath of fresh air.

Nov 13, 2018

Laurus is a beautiful, subtle novel set in a vividly recreated Medieval Russia. It tells the story of Arseny, called Rukinets and Ustin and Amvrosy and Laurus, a doctor, a penitent, a pilgrim, and a hermit, not successively but progressively, as he and his world are poisoned by sin and healed by grace.

In her introduction, translator Hayden candidly discusses the difficulties of bringing Vodolazkin's deliberately inconsistent use of archaic language into English - without being able to experience the original, it seems that she has done an excellent job, reinforcing the story's intimations of the relationship between time and eternity, the living and the dead. This is only one of many profound themes in this marvel of a novel - richly imaginative, empathetic without being sentimental, historically authentic and yet timeless.

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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