Horsemen of the Sands


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Published: Coming September 4, 2018

Book Description

Horsemen of the Sands gathers two novellas by Leonid Yuzefovich, one of contemporary Russia’s most acclaimed writers. The eponymous “Horsemen of the Sands” tells the story of R.F. Ungern-Shternberg, a military adventurer who, driven by an intense fascination with the East, seizes control of Mongolia during the Russian Civil War. Told through the eyes of a young Soviet officer and Mongolian herder, the story plunges the reader into the last days of the man known as the “Mad Baltic Baron.” The second novella, “The Storm,” centers on an unexpected emotional crisis that grips a Russian elementary school on an otherwise regular day, unveiling the emotional bonds and shared history that weave together its community of students, teachers, parents, and staff.

History and human drama collide in Leonid Yuzefovich’s Horsemen of the Sands, a wonderful tangle of relationships, religions, and realism...The prose adroitly bears both an ethereal and a concrete quality...culminating in a fascinating meditation on trickery and the power of suggestion.
Meagan Logsdon, Foreword Reviews