THE WOMEN OF LAZARUSBy Marina Stepnova
In 1918, right after the Russian Revolution, the highly gifted student Lazarus Lindt comes to Moscow carrying with him nothing but lice and a notebook. The Women of Lazarus tells a big part of Lazarus' life story, following three important women in it: his mentor's wife, his own young wife and their granddaughter. Set against the background of the twentieth century, Moscow and the fictional city of Ensk, Marina Stepnova depicts several generations of characters, the insular, privileged worlds of elite scientists and ballet dancers, as well as the pain, strong emotions, and cold rationality that accompany the social and familial upheavals they experience. THE WOMEN OF LAZARUS is a mesmerizing story of love, loss and human genius. Marina Stepnova has depicted Russia's twentieth century on a broad canvas, but her novel is also bursting with detail and the tiniest movements of the human soul.