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The best book I've ever read,
This review is from: Two Lives of 4 kN (3 volumes) / Dve zhizni 4 kn (v 3-kh tomakh) (Hardcover)
"Two Lives" by Y.C. Antarova is a four volume novel about the adventures of a 17 year old boy Lyovushka. The action is taking place in an unidentified Islamic country, later moves to India, England, Turkey, Italy, Egypt, America and Russia. It is a esoteric novel however can be read by anyone from young to old.
The main character Lyovushka is brought up by his elder brother Nikolai. Their parents have long passed away so Nikolai acts as a mother and a father for his younger brother. The novel starts with the scene of Lyovushka coming to unidentified Islamic country (probably a small country in Russian territory) to meet his brother.
After meeting his brother he realizes he doesn't quite know his brother who is a military captain. There is another 'secret side' of Nikolai that is quite fascinating, powerful and spiritual. In addition to this, Nikolai has an eye on the Muslim girl Nal who is his Math's student (he teaches privately). The girl's uncle Mahommed Ali is a very good friend of Nikolai and is, as well, a fascinating enlightened personality, however the other relatives of Nal are orthodox Muslims and want to follow the old tradition of arranged marriage. Nikolai and Mahommed Ali organize a secret escape to England. Lyovushka will play an important role of a helper that has to be brave and completely faithful.
This is just the first scene of the novel. It is all full of never ending adventures, wisdom, thought provoking thoughts and life changing experiences. It can be compared to the works by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Bach, Paulo Coelho, Alexander Dumas, 'Harry Potter' and 'The Course in Miracles'. It literally teaches how to live a life to achieve an enlightened spiritual state and live a 'normal daily life' at the same time. It presents impossible as possible and it mixes 'a heaven with earth'. The novel is full with action, adventures, characters, dialogues, places, different cultures, travels, relationships and thoughts. What I really love about this novel is that it embraces all races, religions, cultures, countries, ages and 'breaks the stereotypes'. In my opinion, it is easily available to everyone: a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Christian, a Hindu, a New Ager and an atheist. It can be enjoyed as a simple novel or as a holy scripture. It depends on the reader. I have read it four times and now I am reading it again.
The author Yevgenevna Concrdia Antarova was a Russian opera singer and the favorite of Lenin. However her husband perished in the Russian concentration camp. She was friends with Helena Blavatsky and Nikolai Rerich (Theosophical Society). She was not a writer so no one knows how did this novel got written. It is said that it was done in a way of 'channeling' where Y.C. Antarova acted as a medium and received a inner dictation. For decades it has been secretly rewritten by hand by the aristocrats of Russia (the book was forbidden by the government) until it was recently published in Russian. I have never seen the English translation of the book and I don't know why. I think if it was translated in English and other languages it could be more accessible to people all over the world while now it has been very popular in Russia and post-Soviet countries.
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