'Shishkin is the Ian McEwan of Russia' Monocle
'A literary masterpiece' Guardian
'[A] powerful treatment of love and the vividness of being alive' Sunday Times
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Fate sends two star-crossed lovers, Sasha and Volodenka, on two separate journeys. Two separate journeys across space and time. Sasha finds herself as a young woman in a time not far from the present day. Volodenka finds himself as a young soldier at the turn of the twentieth century. Sasha is faced with life: with living and learning, growing up and growing old. Volodenka is faced with death: with the horrors of war, and human mortality. Sasha struggles to find meaning in life, and its day-to-day ephemerality. Volodenka struggles to find meaning in death, and the deepest questions of existence. Yet, despite their cosmic schism, their love letters still reach one another. And so he becomes her outlet. And she becomes his. He helps her to come to terms with life. And she helps him to come to terms with death. Half male, half female; half exploration of the physical and the immediate, half meditation on the intangible and the infinite, The Light and the Dark is a literary feat as balanced and beautiful as it is prodigious and profound.