Leningrad Diptych

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Deathless Publisher's Summary

Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to Western European culture: a menacing, evil figure, the villain of countless stories that have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the 20th century.

Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei’s beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way, there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.

©2011 Catherynne M. Valente (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Deathless

    • By: Catherynne M. Valente
    • Narrated by: Kim de Blecourt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 157

    Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to Western European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories that have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the 20th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Favorite Fantasy Book of the Year

    • By Robert on 12-29-13

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Deathless

    • By: Catherynne M. Valente
    • Narrated by: Kim de Blecourt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to Western European culture: a menacing, evil figure, the villain of countless stories that have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the 20th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read

    • By alexandra on 06-21-18

    Regular price: $19.62