Author(s): Alexander Garros
This high-octane debut novel has the energy of a Tarantino film, the game-playing of The Matrix and the philosophical quirkiness of Fight Club. Nothing quite like it has come out of Russia before. It has been a major bestseller there and has been picked up by publishers around the world.
'Told in an unsparing style that contrasts physical reality with the glossy artificiality of new Riga, it's a brilliant piece of writing (and translation). Garros-Evdokimov achieve this particular mixture of disgust and lucid observation of bodily functions - in this case, a corpse - with the slightly ironic, distanced narrator that we associate more with American fiction or film (Tarantino, or even Updike) than with Russian prose tradition', Charlotte Hobson, Telegraph
Born in 1975, Alexander Garros and Aleksei Evdokimov both work as journalists in Riga, Latvia. Friends since school, they decided to write a novel together. The result was Headcrusher, which went on to win the prestigious Russian Literary National Bestseller Prize in 2003.