Andrey Rubanov. This is Motherland

Author: Andrey Rubanov
Title: This is Motherland

Year: 2011

A STARKLY HONEST AND TOUCHINGLY HOPEFUL NOVEL ABOUT THE BIRTHPAINS OF THE MODERN RUSSIAN MAN

Andrey Rubanov’s latest novel, This is Motherland, is yet another masterpiece, written by an author who has been acclaimed as the “Russian Grisham.” This episodic novel hails the painful childbirth of the modern Russia, born of the dangerous 90’s, through the mosaic composite of the everyman that had to survive through that tumultuous time period. We see the storyteller as a hopeful na?ve soldier in the army who dreams of being the best at everything, a stoic criminal who missed out on a rather farcical robbery, a devout athlete, a loving father in awe of his son, and much much more, while around him, the Motherland booms, undulates, thrives and swallows those that are not strong enough to make their way through it.
“An airplane takes flight against the wind. A person does likewise. If you wish to soar, you have to turn against everything and everyone. Against circumstances, against advisors, against your own fears”.
While This is Motherland carries on Rubanov’s tradition of the use of precise but at times poetic language, and attention to both inner and outer detail, it differs in that it fills in all those black holes and empty spaces of the narrator’s life left by his other novels. This is Motherland is Rubanov’s bildungsroman and is perfect for anyone who has enjoyed his other novels, as well as those unfamiliar with his previous works.