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One-Two

by Igor Eliseev

ASIN: B01DV6RVWO

One-Two is available as a Kindle book at:

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Two conjoined babies are born at the crossroads of two social worldviews. Girls are named Faith and Hope. After spending their childhood in a foster home and obtaining primary education, they understand that they are different from other people in many respects. The problems of their growing up are exacerbated with permanent humiliations from society.

Finally, fortune favors them, slightly opening a door to happiness – separation surgery that theoretically can be performed in the capital. And sisters start their way, full of difficulties and obstacles. Will they be able to overcome a wall of public cynicism together with internal conflicts among themselves? Will they find a justification for their existence and accept it? Searching for the answers to these and many other questions constitutes the essence of this novel.

One-Two is a psychological drama, the main events of which unfold in 1980s and 1990s. The novel is a speculation about how difficult it is to be a human and how important it is to stay human until the end. It is a message full of empathy and kindness addressed to all people.

I believe the right time has come. I hope this book is for you. 

One-Two is a punch sequence in boxing, a description of a binary star system, a basic element of computerization, a symbolic dance depicting the relationship of self (or of countries – USSR and US) and simply a name given to two conjoined twins, together, Faith and Hope, as one. It’s a story that takes place in the USSR at the time of Perestroika and the break-up of the Soviet Union, written by a Russian in English, and by the very foreignness of the language to the English reader it provides a poignant, almost child-like, distance to view the nature of being and of personal/national identity, as well as watching the evolution of a writer. To suggest correcting grammar, usage and syntax would be a violation of the spontaneity of this work. It’s a worthy allegory, these conjoined twins, for understanding and existing in a tough world. The twins’ plight is heart-rending to read about yet at the same time the book is a delight to read.

Although the description is intriguing, I started reading it with caution. But the deeper I got into this book, the more interested I became. The first half of this book gives you the feeling that you are brought to an isolation ward at a hospital, which is filled with a bunch of freaks and their stories. This part is about the physical and mental side of man and his soul, his body. The second half of the book walks you through the devastation, and then continues on its way through the steps to self-reflecting and self-perfecting. Many of the scenes in this part are heartbreaking. The end of the book is the story of an aspiring contemporary novelist who may be writing a good story.

Perhaps I might begin by saying that I was born, grew up and still live in Russia. I’ve read the book in English, since there is no Russian language version of the novel yet. Therefore, it makes sense to consider the plot twists from my personal viewpoints, backgrounds, and life experiences of the person who has grown up in the same period and space where the story took place. Who knows, perhaps, if there were no the above-mentioned circumstances, my thrill of reading would be completely different – I certainly hope not!

For me personally, it’s not the fantastic (or phantasmagoric) adventures of two conjoined girls, but the shocking and sad life story of the whole generation betrayed and slaughtered by Mother Love who concealed itself under the mask of piety, fraternity and justice. But the worst thing in the world happens to us today is the history repeats itself without a "Groundhog Day" loop and the goal and the spirit of politics do not change. And all that is left is two small, deformed, defective, stuck together as one – Hope and Faith hurting themselves in a desperate attempt to survive in the brutal reality conditions.

I cannot call the story of Faith and Hope as pessimistic; to me it is just a way of ascertaining truth. I have not expected that kind of emotional resonance and empathic understanding, especially in the final scenes.
Last but not least, when we read a book, we know there was an author. This book, however, seems to be written by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people just like me and you.

 

Igor EliseevIgor Miroshnichenko (born 12 March, 1977 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia) is an English-language writer, novelist, and essayist; he writes under a pen name Igor Eliseev, the maiden name of his mother.

Igor Eliseev begins his literary activity in 1999 with short stories, essays and film script. Later the idea of the script is repeatedly reconsiders and develops into the literary novel – the most important project of his life that has not yet been completed. However, in 2015 he finishes his second novel, which by a twist of fate becomes the first one. One-Two, dedicated to the memory of his mother, tells the story of two conjoined sisters, named Faith and Hope, born in the era of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Igor Eliseev is married; lives in Moscow; speaks English, Italian and Russian. His interests include: Literature, Photo, Philosophy, Psychology, Design, Sport, Cinema, Art.

To read Rejections, Rejections, Rejections click here.
To visit Igor's website click here.
To connect with Igor on Twitter click here.

 

 

 

Reviews

One-Two is a punch sequence in boxing, a description of a binary star system, a basic element of computerization, a symbolic dance depicting the relationship of self (or of countries – USSR and US) and simply a name given to two conjoined twins, together, Faith and Hope, as one. It’s a story that takes place in the USSR at the time of Perestroika and the break-up of the Soviet Union, written by a Russian in English, and by the very foreignness of the language to the English reader it provides a poignant, almost child-like, distance to view the nature of being and of personal/national identity, as well as watching the evolution of a writer. To suggest correcting grammar, usage and syntax would be a violation of the spontaneity of this work. It’s a worthy allegory, these conjoined twins, for understanding and existing in a tough world. The twins’ plight is heart-rending to read about yet at the same time the book is a delight to read.
RPSpeakes
on May 20, 2016

 Although the description is intriguing, I started reading it with caution. But the deeper I got into this book, the more interested I became. The first half of this book gives you the feeling that you are brought to an isolation ward at a hospital, which is filled with a bunch of freaks and their stories. This part is about the physical and mental side of man and his soul, his body. The second half of the book walks you through the devastation, and then continues on its way through the steps to self-reflecting and self-perfecting. Many of the scenes in this part are heartbreaking. The end of the book is the story of an aspiring contemporary novelist who may be writing a good story.
Simonreader on May 6, 2016

Perhaps I might begin by saying that I was born, grew up and still live in Russia. I’ve read the book in English, since there is no Russian language version of the novel yet. Therefore, it makes sense to consider the plot twists from my personal viewpoints, backgrounds, and life experiences of the person who has grown up in the same period and space where the story took place. Who knows, perhaps, if there were no the above-mentioned circumstances, my thrill of reading would be completely different – I certainly hope not!

For me personally, it’s not the fantastic (or phantasmagoric) adventures of two conjoined girls, but the shocking and sad life story of the whole generation betrayed and slaughtered by Mother Love who concealed itself under the mask of piety, fraternity and justice. But the worst thing in the world happens to us today is the history repeats itself without a "Groundhog Day" loop and the goal and the spirit of politics do not change. And all that is left is two small, deformed, defective, stuck together as one – Hope and Faith hurting themselves in a desperate attempt to survive in the brutal reality conditions.

I cannot call the story of Faith and Hope as pessimistic; to me it is just a way of ascertaining truth. I have not expected that kind of emotional resonance and empathic understanding, especially in the final scenes.
Last but not least, when we read a book, we know there was an author. This book, however, seems to be written by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people just like me and you.
Amazon Customer
on April 24, 2016

I tried to write this literature review several times. I started it, then read it, and then threw it aside, until finally the words flowed out of me.

At the outset, I wish to say that reading good books make us aware of the deeper meaning of each event and how it can encourage us to explore the unknown. Delving into the depths of his soul, the One-Two book author has somehow managed to show all our torments between sufferings and self, life and death, the eternal pursuit of happiness and … it’s not about us, however. This novel is about two conjoined twin girls who were wrestling against the two greatest temptations in the history of mankind: the unwillingness to live and the inability to die.
Strange as it may seem, sooner or later everyone may face the same temptations... On the other hand, there are a lot of good books to prevent the worst from happening, and become better than you were before; and this book is undoubtedly one of them. It’s one of the best and poignant books I’ve ever read.
Nikolay on April 11, 2016