Found in Translation: Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov, translated by Boris Dralyuk
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This club meeting will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

Whether you're a seasoned traveler, a voracious reader, or a dreamer who wants to see the world, all are invited to our book club focused on international literature.

This month we'll discuss Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov, translated by Boris Dralyuk.

In Found in Translation, we will delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting.

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With a warm yet political humor, Ukraine's most famous novelist presents a balanced and illuminating portrait of modern conflict.

Little Starhorodivka, a village of three streets, lies in Ukraine's Grey Zone, the no-man's-land between loyalist and separatist forces. Thanks to the lukewarm war of sporadic violence and constant propaganda that has been dragging on for years, only two residents remain: retired safety inspector turned beekeeper Sergey Sergeyich and Pashka, a rival from his schooldays. With little food and no electricity, under constant threat of bombardment, Sergeyich's one remaining pleasure is his bees. As spring approaches, he knows he must take them far from the Grey Zone so they can collect their pollen in peace. This simple mission on their behalf introduces him to combatants and civilians on both sides of the battle lines: loyalists, separatists, Russian occupiers and Crimean Tatars. Wherever he goes, Sergeyich's childlike simplicity and strong moral compass disarm everyone he meets. But could these qualities be manipulated to serve an unworthy cause, spelling disaster for him, his bees and his country?

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By Andrey Kurkov, Boris Dralyuk (Translator)
ISBN: 9781646051663
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 29th, 2022