( Russian - Легкая голова - 2010 )

novel by Olga Slavnikova

translated by Andrew Bromfield

Published: Dedalus - trade paperback - 2015
ISBN: 1910213349 / 9781910213346

Dedalus - e-book - 2015
eISBN: 1910213357 / 9781910213353

Maxim T. Yermakov was born with an empty space in his head above his brain. As a child this led to him being four kilos less than the normal weight until his mother force-fed him. Always aware of feeling light-headed Maxim was good at school, acquiring information not from books but out of the air. He left the provinces for Moscow where he worked as a brand manager for a chocolate manufacturer. He was contemplating buying his first flat when one day two sinister individuals turned up at the factory to see him. His light head was causing all sorts of problems, it was an alpha object which created natural disasters, terrorist outrages and buildings to collapse. Maxim T. Yermakov's existence threatened the well-being of the state and its citizens. He should do the decent thing and commit suicide. Maxim T. Yermakov refused and began his unequal struggle with the organs of the state.

Book of the Year ( prose category ), Moscow International Book Fair, 2011

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