Longlisted for the 2017 NOS literary award
Rights sold: Estonia - TANAPAEV, Netherlands - Prometheus, Russia - AST
Children of Brezhnev is a story of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of the economic and spiritual decline of the Soviet Union with its underlying ethnic tensions, the Afghan war and the slow but steady criminalization of the country. The novel culminates in the violent transition to a free market leading to a new Russia where the higher echelons of society and the underworld finally merge.
Children of Brezhnev is an extremely disturbing book which shows with amazing precision what people are capable of.Children of Brezhnev is an extremely disturbing book which shows with amazing precision what people are capable of. -- Trouw newspaper...
A rich modern-day novel that Dostoevsky and Tolstoy would also like to have written. -- De Standaard
Children of Brezhnev is a narrative art masterpiece. Valiulina uses traditional literary means to describe a psychologyof her characters, but in her composition she uses her own fancy forms. -- De Volkskrant