“a revenge tale of extraordinary strategy and thoughtfulness.”
Zofia Burr, Dean, George Mason University
“a sweeping look at history, love and relationships, science …”
Jen Michalski, The Tide King and Could You Be With Her Now
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Daniel Handler, via Twitter
A tour de force
B. Morrison, Review
The Biblical story of Job has echoed to us throughout humanity’s long experience with suffering and with searching for gods. In The Master and Margarita, Bulgakov imagined Satan visiting the Soviet Union; The Book of Comrade Yovskiy imagines a Soviet Job facing punishment, searching for the reason why, and trying to face his God.
The Book of Comrade Yovsky is Julian Berenagut’s third novel. His second, This Isn’t Easy for Me, was found by Kirkus to be “remarkable,” “riveting,” “deeply felt” and “one of the most memorable in literature in the last 10 years.
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In its form, This Isn’t Easy for Me is a contemporary conversation, a novel conveyed only by the intense but patient dialogue of two women. In its substance, it is a story that spans decades but is told in one afternoon, a meditation about fidelity and what matters most in the many ways to live, love—and die.
“… the experience is a richly rewarding one, and the surprise ending is poignant without being sentimental. These mature, thoughtful women are unlike almost any others in popular contemporary literature, and their conversation—long, gorgeous, encompassing—is one of the most memorable in literature of the last 10 years.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
When Nicolas returns to Sylvan Hills, the home of his childhood, the estate is filled with scarring memories and a frightful cast of characters. But now circumstances have changed for Nicolas, and with the help of his friend Sergey, he takes control of the estate and settles old scores.
About the Author
Julian Berengaut was born in Poland and educated at universities in Warsaw, Jerusalem, Waltham, Massachusetts and Madison, Wisconsin. He worked for many years as an international debt negotiator.
His poetry and short stories have been published in Sententia, Everyday Genius, Wayfarer, and other journals. He is the author of two novels: The Estate of Wormwood and Honey and This Isn’t Easy for Me.
Currently, Julian resides in Bangkok, Thailand.