Ilya Boyashov. Way of Murrie

Author: Ilya Boyashov
Title: Way of Murrie

Year: 2007

This is a novel that consists of many stories. That of an obsessed Croatian astronomer hiding at the remote observatory in mountains. That of an obsessed Arab rich man who has been pursuing the only aim during all of his life – to go round the world by plane. And he manages to do this only at the third attempt. That of an obsessed alpine climber – immobilized by his unsuccessful attempts to climb a rock seen from his window but still eager to get to the top. That of an obsessed old Jew leading his people out of Belgrade where the war is starting. That of and obsessed in some sense goose that proved to be capable of multiplying multydigit numbers. That of sane but still stubborn whale leading his 50ieth circle around the world and fighting a giant octopus. And of course the story of the Moury-Cat that unites the most part of the above mentioned stories. The point is that the happiness of this cat is endangered by the Yugoslavian war that is breaking out. One day he discovers that all the family of human beings who have been properly served him for years left their house and – Heaven! – him, who has been out for a couple of days doing his own deals. The house-spirit tells him that they left because of war. And Moury starts his journey. He proves to be a terrible person: using everybody helpful on his way he left them just at the moment they start sympathizing him. It happens so with the old Jew, with the astronomer and many others whom Moury meets on his way that seems to be quite aimless. Many life stories are to be told and characters to be met. Many spirits are to be talked to by Moury and many tragedies and happy ends are to be seen by him. But it all is just for one thing, that a reader – quite disgusted by Moury’s terrible behavior – is not waiting for at all. In the end we learn that Moury has crossed all the Europe and left a dozen of interim hosts to find his own, still missing him family that emigrated from raging Yugoslavia. This extremely kind and entertaining narration brings together all the stories which have one thing in common: all these are about a way or the Way, about movement and aspiration. And once you have read this you can’t help feeling a desire to go on. Ilya Boyashov was born in Leningrad in 1961. His father was a composer that is why he got home musical education. But his dream was to become a historian. And he did. After the University he worked in the Navy museum, guided groups wrote articles on submarines and Civil war in Russia. His first stories were published in literature magazines in the early 80ies. By then he took part in the Soviet rock-movement participating in a band Jungle. The first book by him was published in 1989 – it was the collection of short-stories entitled Play Your Melody. After this he was admitted to the Russian Writers Union. He has published a couple of novels and by now teaches history in the Navy School of St Petersburg. The Way of Moury is his fifth book published.

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