April Journey to USA: From Authors

Message/report form Marina and Sergey:


Dear readers and friends!

From the 15th to the 26th of April we were in America: New York and Boston. Here’s a small summary of our trip.

We left from Moscow, which was still covered in snow, and arrived in the blooming New York spring.

First, we had a meeting in our literary agency, TMG (Trident Media Group), which is situated in the heart of Manhattan, in a skyscraper on Madison Avenue. We discussed the perspectives of further work together.

We thank Robert Gottlieb, head of the agency (he was in England at the time, visiting a book show), for organizing this meeting. Many thanks also to the workers of TMG, Erica Silverman and John Silverback, for a warm and constructive discussion.

We arrived in Boston, where we had two meetings in Wellesley College, on the 18th of April. This is a women’s college of liberal arts, established in 1875, and is one of the most prestigious colleges in America, and is attended by over 2300 students from different countries. Many influential women such as Madeleine Albright or Hillary Clinton graduated from Wellesley. The Russian department was created in the 1940s by the famous writer and critic Vladimir Nabokov. The Russian culture is studied here in a very interesting way, in an environment of Russian society, literature, visual art, music and cinema.

The college is situated in a beautiful valley with lakes, trees, flowers and castles. Unfortunately, we are not professional photographers and were unable to capture the beauty and charm of this place, but you can feel at least a part of it.

The first two meetings were attended by students and teachers from different departments, as well as some of our readers from different cities (special thanks to Boris Warshavsky) and the theme of the discussion was Russian fantasy and science fiction literature and cinema.

On the 24th of April we hosted a master-class in the group of professor Alla Epstein. She teaches an author’s course focused on children’s literature and cinema. We showed our cartoon “The Theatrical Romance”, and the students read out stories from our book “Balloon fish”. There was a very interesting discussion, which can still be continued through the Net.

We express our gratitude to professors Alla Epstein and Thomas Hodge for a warm and hearty welcome, and a special thanks to the president of the Russian club Lena Mironciuc, who invited us to America and was our guide around the college. Lena has created some very interesting works of art, she is an expert in Russian and world culture – let’s wish her further success in her studies.

On the 19th of April we had a meeting with readers in the COOP bookshop located near Harvard. It is a special area in Boston where the student village of the most prestigious university in America and the Boston city centre collide. The bookshop itself is three stories tall and is very charming. The discussion was devoted to the presentation of the novel “Scar”. Some of the people who attended had read it in English – there were interesting questions about the novel’s philosophy, its psychological and even psychiatrical aspects. Our daughter Anastasia acted as a translator. Many thanks to the Tor publishing house, which organized this event, the employees of the bookshop and our first readers.

We are also very thankful to Julia Hersey. She moved to Boston from Moscow, where she had studied at the journalism department of MSU many years ago. She translated “Vita Nostra” to English for her husband and friends and presented us the manuscript. It has to be said, this is a unique and unforgettable gift. We had a great time with her husband, parents and kids. It’s great to know that there are people after my own heart even on the other side of the globe.

We returned to Moscow on the 26th of April, before the scheduled time, because we had a lot work waiting for us here, such as the production on a film, several screenplays and a new book, but we will never forget this journey to America.

Best wishes!

Marina and Sergey

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THE SCAR Audiobook was #25 in Audible Bestseller List

Since March 3 Audible edition of THE SCAR had a week of strong sells – it stormed Amazon’s Best Audible Audiobooks list and raised up to 25th place. It’s not a glory, of course, only a promise of it, but it was refreshing.

Do not miss the new reader’s 5 of 5 stars review of the book at Amazon.com. Hank Peace wrote:


Art of Kirill Garin for The Scar (1997)

The Scar is the type of book that makes you weep for the limitations of sub-genre delineations. Not epic in scope and apparently intended to stand alone despite being part of a larger cycle. The epic and fantastic elements that presumably tie together the larger cycle are there, but very much in the background. This is really a novel about three people. Where so much fantasy is so very epic, The Scar is incredibly intimate. At the same time, it does not share the heavy reliance on action and violent conflict of most Sword & Sorcery…

We are looking for more reactions from readers and trade pros, fandom and mainstream. Stay tuned!

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Audible THE SCAR, April at Wellesley College and more

Well, it may be useful to know that it will take 15 hours and 1scar7 minutes to listen THE SCAR from the first line to the end. Audible audio edition of the novel with Jonathan Davis’ narration is available now from Amazon.com, and you can get if free if you’ll sign up for Audible.com 30-day trial membership. “By Grapthar’s hammer… what a savings!”

The following information will be useful for Boston Area residents – Marina and Sergey Dyachenko will read at Wellesley College this Spring. The date will be April 18. You’ll find all wheres and whens by the link above or you may join the event page at Facebook. There will be also a signing tour at The Harvard Coop (1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge) April 19 at 7:00 PM.

And now something completely different – the recent paparazzi sneak shot of Marina and Sergey!




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Meet the Artist

There were many questions about the artist who made this wonderful expressive cover art for the Tor Books edition of THE SCAR. We are proud to introduce Richard Anderson, Senior Artist for Arena Net / NC Soft. Gamers may enjoy his great works for Guild Wars franchise, but Ricahrd also made several cover and interior arts for books published by Random House, Orbit, Tor and others. His works may be seen online in his official gallery.artofrichardanderson

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Booktrailer for THE SCAR!

A bird? A cloud? No! It’s the wonderful booktrailer for THE SCAR!!!

Gods bless Tor Books and its marketing department!

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Library Journal Praises for THE SCAR

One week before the official release date for THE SCAR! And there are lot of reports from blog people who already got their ordered copies by mail or cannot wait to have it in hands. Hold on, the book is coming!

Meanwhile, here is the full text of Library Journal review:scar

Dyachenko, Sergey, Marina. The Scar. Tor. ISBN 9780765329936. fantasy.

Brash and confident, Egert Soll belongs to the elite guard and believes that the pleasures of the world are his for the taking. When his egotistical pride leads him to kill a defenseless student in a duel, Egert is visited by the mysterious Wanderer, who curses him with a scar and cowardice. Seeking to undo the magic, Egert travels to a university town, where he meets the murdered student’s fiancée, who bears him unending hatred for his deed. Their gradual awakening to each other’s pain begins a life-changing journey of redemption and sacrifice.

VERDICT: Reminiscent of Patricia McKillip’s fairy-tale style, this elegant debut by a husband-and-wife team from Kiev combines the somber beauty of Russian literature with the allegoric power of a traditional folk tale. The theme of the double-edged nature of curses should appeal to readers outside the fantasy genre.

Library Journal, January 15, 2012


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New Collection of Reprints Hit the Stands

uyehalDyachenkos’ My Glorious Knight Goes Far Away is on the stands in Russia from Eksmo Publishing House. The book is a huge (960 pages) hardcover collection of 17 novellas, all published from 1996 to 2010. One of the novellas reprinted in the book is recently translated “The Burned Tower”.

The artwork for the book cover was created by Elena Gondik.

The next Dyachenko book to be published in Russia will be their new science fantasy novel STOKRAT.

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Groundhog Day!

Dyachenko3Winter-300x200Well, it’s not a news really, just tossing of deck.

“Quotes” department of the site (accessible from the main menu) now collects the blurb prizes for Dyachenkos and their books. There are a lot of kind words (in translation) from articles in Russian periodicals and even monographs – and few quotes from THE SCAR reviews that no need to be translated and undoubtedly more valuable for international readers.

Meantime free Kindle edition of “The Burned Tower” got it’s first reader review, highly positive.

Stay tuned!

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“The Burned Tower” Must Be Free!

Free digital editions of “The Burned Tower” can be received  in various e-formats. NOOK version was the first we found, and now we have link to Sony ReaderStore edition.

Amazon.com customers still have to wait their rightful share, alas. Kindle Store drowned in deep slumber (it looks like Tor Books must ping hard to awake the guys), though rivals already here and eat out its ears.

BTW, if you dare to check Macmillan website you can find complete e-text of the novella (subtitled “Chapter 1″ in vain attempt of hiding the nature of the excerpt) and just read it in your browser. Top secret, only for your eyes, burn after blinking. Here is the link.

I really like those monstrous major publishing houses. Kings of the Jungles never know what happens in the grass.

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Raider Movie to Be Released Soon

Feature film Raider set for September, 22 wide release in theaters in Russia.

reider_2011_still_70244-300x200Marina and Sergey Dyachenko wrote the screenplay for Vsevolod Aravin’s movie based on Pavel Astakhov’s bestseller.

The movie is criminal drama/thriller in the world of Russian illegal corporate wars. Egor Beroev plays Artyom Pavlov, security specailst who’s task will be the counter the attempt of enforced seizure.

Not a fantasy at all. (Sigh) Check IMDB page of the movie for more details.

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