Anna Starobinets. Regufee 3/9

Author: Anna Starobinets
Title: Regufee 3/9
Year: 2006

A METAPHYSICAL THRILLER REMINISCENT OF AMERICAN GODS FROM THE AUTHOR WHO WAS ONCE ANNOUNCED TO HAVE BEATEN BOTH STEVEN KING AND DAVID KRONENBERG.
Masha, a photo journalist, goes to a Paris bookfair, where step by step, haunted by nightmares and vague memories of her lost son, she is transforming into a tramp. At some stage, looking in the mirror, she can’t recognize herself and starts to be referred to as he. “And then it all began. And there was no me any more”… Joseph is put into an Italian prison to pick strawberries and when trying to escape is transforming into a… spider. “I am still here, alive – but even so something has changed. Something has changed very sharply”… A boy with a cranial trauma is put into a goodquality hospital that turns out to be inhabited by otherworldly creatures… So there is another world interfering with the real one. Both worlds are interconnected and they are getting closer and closer to become one in the end. Any action which takes place in one of the worlds echoes in the other. A girl who has been in a coma for years can be a Sleeping Beauty. A ridiculous redhaired woman always mumbling something to herself can turn the President into a zombie. A broken needle can cause a real Apocalypse… Anna Starobinets’ unadorned and clear yet sensitive and convincing language enables her to create as many worlds as she wants in a detailed and careful manner, and all the worlds mirror the pivot of the novel: a poignant personal story of loneliness and betrayal.