Happiness is Possible tells the story of a writer late delivering his novel, unable to write anything uplifting since his wife walked out. All he can produce is notes about the happiness of others. But something draws him into the Moscow lives around him, bringing together lonely neighbours, restoring lost love, and helping out with building renovations. And happiness seems determined to catch up with him as well…
- Happiness is Possible was one of the four Russian books discussed at the And Other Stories’ 2011 Russian Reading Group, where it was widely loved for its wryly comic humour.
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Praise for Oleg Zaionchkovsky
- ‘Oleg Zaionchkovsky paints a picture of his adopted city Moscow at times reminiscent of that created in The Master and Margarita.’ Anna Aslanyan, Independent
- ‘A sincere homage to the mundane romances and workaday tragedies that constitute city life.’ Times Literary Supplement
- ‘Zaionchkovsky has an identifiably Russian, dark sense of humour. His writing is rewardingly risky. His novel will continue to make you think after you’ve finished it: about love, storytelling and Moscow.’ A.D. Miller
- ‘In Oleg Zaionchkovsky’s engaging novel about contemporary Russian life, the imperial capital city of Moscow takes centre stage.’ Lucy Popescu, The Tablet
- ‘Artlessness is the defining aspect of Zaionchkovsky’s diction: the absolute harmony of style and dramatic development seems to be entirely natural’ Time Out
- ‘Oleg Zaionchkovsky’s novel “Happiness is Possible” is an evocative and amusing eulogy to Moscow.’ Phoebe Taplin, Russia Beyond the Headlines
- ‘Appearing out of nowhere, this novel shows absolute harmony of style and theme.’ Time Out
- ‘Zaionchkovsky is one of those writers with a natural charm, so at ease with themselves and so self-sufficient that they have no need of superfluous dramatics – he simply has enough talent by himself to create something.’ Lev Danilkin
- ‘Oleg Zaionchkovsky makes Moscow small and cosy and its residents friendly, small town neighbours… This is feel good fiction, pure and simple. And anyone who is not happy with that is beyond help.’ – Maya Kucherskaya