'Rasskaz-sensatsiya' (The Sensational Story) is the first in the series of unconventional Russian language textbooks for elementary/pre-intermediate levels (A1-A2).
The book is written in the form of fun to listen detective lines, which follow the continuing story of George, a Guadeloupian banker embarking on a journey that captures his day to day life set against a series of most peculiar events. In the third book, 'Rasskaz-kanonizatsiya', there is a second historical storyline, following a Russian professor who fled his country after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. His life crosses with George's.
Based on years of his language teaching experience, Ignaty was keen on writing a series of stories that would teach useful vocabulary and grammar after some of his business clients complained that existing textbooks were boring and had no relation to real life.
"I was inspired by the talent of Mikhail Bulgakov, who mastered the skill of talking about complex subjects in an ironic form, and I began writing the book which you can now see." (Ignaty Dyakov)
His textbooks are fascinating detective stories with characters from different cultural backgrounds meeting in Guadeloupe, Russia, and Europe. They live, love, work, and relax. And, most importantly, they fight the world's evil, show exceptional ethics in both life and their work, and give us a better understanding of what is a kinder and ethical life.
"There is an understanding that a textbook nowadays should be kind, humorous, and inviting, as there is far too much negativity around us, especially in the media and on social networks." (Ignaty Dyakov)
Please note: This audiobook is in Russian.