Lazarus in St. Petersburg
What better name for a deathless man than Lazarus? The Lazarus in this tale would have (or perhaps should have) died during the Black Death. Instead, he found himself immortal, traveling from place to place every few decades, unwilling to risk being found out. The start of the novel finds him in St. Petersburg, working as a fortune teller and healer. It’s a comfortable life, and one he can keep up with ease, until he meets a boy named Grigori.
Lazarus in St. Petersburg is an intriguing book. At first, I wasn’t certain what to make of it. The narration is stilted at times, and there is an intense focus on the art of the time. The former put me off for a little while, but before long I realized it only enhanced the protagonist’s distance from humanity. While it did occasionally grate on me after that, I was able to appreciate it much better.
Goodman’s book is a peek into Imperial Russia from a unique point of view. Rich in history and full of curious turns, I highly recommend it.
|Page Count||200 pages|
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