Moscow, during the collapse of the Soviet system: In a hospital, young people awaiting heart operations and possible death, live just for today with mischief-making and even love affairs, under the stringent gaze of the old matron, Baba Nastya. Here one of the patients, a young Turkmen, meets a Greek Comsomol boy, a Russian Stalinist with a ‘robotic’ heart, and the lovely but tragic Mary. To whom does the future belong – to the soulless robots or the poetical souls?
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Endorsements and Review Quotes
“Authoring more than 20 books, it is surprising that Welsapar isn’t more internationally known. It feels incongruous that, in a world awash with dystopian narratives and fantasies, so little attention is paid to the nations where such circumstances mirror reality.” The Calvert Journal
“The author is from Turkmenistan, although now in exile, and he pays homage to his native land in Nazarli’s thoughts and dreams. Overall this is a compelling snapshot of six months in the life of a hospital, and I very much enjoyed it.” Mandy Jenkinson, Historical Novel Society