Oleg Zaionchkovsky

Happiness is Possible

Shortlisted for the 2014 Rossica Translation Prize

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 . . .

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  • With an introduction by AD Miller.
  • 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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Print status: Available
Original language: Russian
Format: Trade paperback with flaps
Publication date: 5 April 2012
ISBN: 9781908276094
Ebook ISBN: 9781908276124
Availability: UK, Europe and Commonwealth (excl. Canada)
Number of pages: 320


Times Literary Supplement

'A sincere homage to the mundane romances and workaday tragedies that constitute city life.’

A.D. Miller

‘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.’

Maya Kucherskaya

‘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.’