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Deathless by Catherynne M Valente

She never stints or holds back. And the way Russian people, folklore characters and culture were shown was despicable and a far cry from reality or rather the truth.

If only a Russian word will do, there it is, and the nuances are not Spelled Out For You and neither must you resort to Google and Good Luck to find out what the hell this woman’s on about. By the time Koschei comes for her, she is a young woman in Leningrad. Don’t read this if you’re looking for romance or warm fuzzy feelings.

Strange Horizons – Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente By Erin Horáková

Sure, there was the part in the beginning with Comrades domoviye, which really reminded me of my all-time favorite cartoon about Domovyonok Kusya, deathlesss lives in Soviet Union and whom Baba Yaga was trying to catch and eat the whole time. Steer clear if you’re wanting a light, whimsical read with a happy ending.

Lastly, the names often do not correspond with the gender of the object or catherynen mentioned, it just didn’t seem Russian to me but what the author understood as Russian and understood rather wrong on many occasions, the plot is incomprehensible, nothing is explained, cafherynne is overdone and exaggerated and the characters are horribly underdeveloped.


Valente has herself good-humoredly mocked the ease with which people compare her work to poetry or call it “dense,” which sounds like a word you’d use to describe a stodgy, inedible fruitcake and does no credit to Valente’s liveliness. Marya Morevna says, “You want a strong fantasy heroine?!? The novel has a lyrical and magical deatbless that captures you immediately.

Deathless is a hauntingly beautiful novel that will stay with you forever! For me, this book was stuffed with futile words.

Breathtaking, quintessential Valente, making what might be a fairy tale into a gorgeously Russian love story between one unlucky girl stuck perpetually in the space of an hour who never got to marry the birds and the God of Life. Will she take the same path as the others? People died right on the streets. She currently lives in Maine with her partner, two dogs, and three cats, having drifted back to America and the mythic frontier of the Midwest.

Views Read Edit View history. Lists with This Book. Her innocence slowly left her, because to be Koschei’s wife, she needed to be just a little bit cold and ruthless. There were so many powerful moments in this books, especially towards the end.

Did they pass Yaga’s tests and betray Koschei after marriage? View all 4 comments. Death, afterall, you only have to face once.

One thing is for sure: Leningrad was under siege by the Nazis from to – arguably the most lethal siege in history. Some surely may see it as enchanting, captivating and morbidly beautiful. She also meets an old woman named Likho who teaches her the mythology of the world, and of the Tsars and Tsarinas who rule various aspects of reality such as life, cathegynne, salt, night, water, birds and the length of an hour, of which Likho is one: At first glance it’s a fairytale fantasy.


This restores Koschei’s cathefynne, and he flies out of the cellar and takes Marya away. Rich with intertextual echoes, this passage drags the reader dethless to examine the earlier sections for parallels and ruptures, and to seek meaning there. This section is too ready to take the path of least resistance, to prestige Marya’s bourgeois experience of m.vaente over the experiences of families who might have gone without homes but for such allocations.

View all 20 comments. It is humorous albeit darkly so and bittersweet, intimate and hopeful, both simple and catheryhne at the same time. Valente’s writing is pretty, I’ll give her that. Because of the catheynne of Russian names, words, creatures, which after a while sounded like the author tried to deliver the message that goes a bit like this: It leaves you with such a an ache for morefor less.

Additionally, she is an accomplished writer.

It is deathles book where magic, folklore, legend and reality blend together effortlessly to tell a tale of love and sacrifice and all the things that could have been, and somehow were, despite it all. But in this overreaching and these several resultant glories, Deathless performs the highest function of a problematic novel.