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Author, Vitali Vitaliev talks about his new book, Granny Yaga

Thursday 03 April 2014
7:30

Granny Yaga follows the switchback adventures of a boy called Danya (Danny), born in Eastern Europe, but now living in north London where the local she-dragons are notorious fighters, and any alert passer-by can spot Granny herself flying low over the British Museum.

 Danny becomes Granny’s aide-de-camp in a life-or-death duel with the demon Koshchei, fought out on the London underground, in disused stations, boarded-up houses and the enchanted skies over Crouch End, with back-up from the relatively orthodox magic of Yesterdayland (huts on chicken legs, talking cats, self-catering tablecloths) and the realpolitik of its neighbouring Soviet satellite, a land of cruel edicts and capricious tsars where the workers are permanently drunk, and the loo seats belonging to each family in a communal flat hang side by side on the wall “like luckless horseshoes”. A gripping read for all ages from Danny’s to Granny’s.

Vitali Vitaliev was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He first made a name for himself in the Soviet Union, writing satirical journalism in Krokodil and other publications, exposing the activities of organized crime and corruption in the collapsing country. Finally he defected in 1990 after persecution by the KGB. He has appeared regularly on TV and radio in the UK (Have I Got News For You, Saturday Night Clive, After Dark, Start the Week), was a writer/researcher for QI. He is the author of eleven books, including cult classics such as Dreams on Hitler's Couch and Border's Up and more recently, Passport to Enclavia and Life as a Literary Device.

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