This new blog offers fun and interesting Russian reading suggestions. So to mark the event (whoopee, we're on Google!), here's a lovely Russian magic realism novel for you.
Danilov, the violist: A novelby Vladimir Orlov is an amazing story of a half-man, half-demon. The unfortunate result of a love story between a human and a demon, Danilov doesn't really belong to either world, although he diligently visits both and has responsibilities both in Moscow and in the offices of hell. When the book first came out in Russia in (I believe) 1987, it became an overnight success, a must-read cult novel. A talented musician, Danilov tries hard to prove that he doesn't need his demonic powers to succeed: he wants to be appreciated as a human being. Lots of adventures as powers of hell put a price on his head... this book is a winning combination of dark horror, wholehearted humor, exquisitely lyrical love pages, all submerged into an otherworldly atmosphere that can only be compared to that of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita (Penguin Classics)
. Danilov, the violist: A novelis a wonderful work of magic realism and I can't recommend it enough.