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Book Title: Продавец воздуха|
The author of the book: Alexander Belyaev
ISBN 13: 9785699232611
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Date of issue: 2007
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Reader ratings: 5.4
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This was the first book by Belyaev that I've had the pleasure to read.
Belyaev's writing reminded me somewhat of Herbert Wells'. The book flows very well; the imagery is very vivid, and the explanations behind the purportedly scientific phenomena are presented well enough for the layman reader to really get the impression that the plot could in theory be plausible. Enough to willingly suspend disbelief.
The plot is quite topical, what with its explicit critique of capitalism's adverse effect on our environment, albeit exaggerated for dramatic effect.
The book would have been a solid 4/5, if it wasn't for a few drawbacks. Mainly, the book's explicit praise of the virtues of communism and derision of capitalism comes across as too heavy-handed for my liking – and I'm a Russian reader. I imagine that for some Western readers the propaganda vibe might be even less palatable. Of course, it makes sense in the historical context, since the book was published during the nascence of USSR. But it really hasn't aged well in that regard.
The plot also suffers from some instances of lazily written drama, in my opinion. It won't be keeping you on the edge of your seat. Plus the book ends rather abruptly. Overall, however, it does put forward a rather compelling sci-fi premise. Since it's a pretty short book, if you're into sci-fi and can stomach the explicit Sovietschina, do check it out.
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Read information about the authorAlexander Romanovich Belyaev [Russian: Алекса́ндр Рома́нович Беля́ев]; born 16 March 1884 in Smolensk, Russian Empire; died 6 January 1942 in Pushkin, USSR]
Born in Smolensk, at the age of 30 Alexander became ill with tuberculosis. Treatment was unsuccessful; the infection spread to his spine and resulted in paralysis of the legs. Belyayev suffered constant pain and was paralysed for six years. In search for the right treatment he moved to Yalta together with his mother and old nanny. During his convalescence, he read the work of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and began to write poetry in his hospital bed.
By 1922 he had overcome the disease and in 1923 returned to Moscow where he began his serious literary activity as writer of science fiction novels. In 1925 his first novel, Professor Dowell's Head (Голова Профессора Доуэля) was published. From 1931 he lived in Leningrad with his wife and oldest daughter; his youngest daughter died of meningitis in 1930, aged six. In Leningrad he met H. G. Wells, who visited the USSR in 1934.
In the last years of his life Belyaev lived in the Leningrad suburb of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo). At the beginning of the German invasion of the Soviet Union during Second World War he refused to evacuate because he was recovering after an operation that he had undergone a few months earlier.
Belyayev died of hunger in the Soviet town of Pushkin in 1942 while it was occupied by the Nazis. His wife and daughter, who managed to survive, were taken away to Poland by the Nazis. The exact location of his grave is unknown. A memorial stone at the Kazanskoe cemetery in the town of Pushkin is placed on the mass grave where his body is assumed to be buried.
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