Sergei Lebedev was born in Moscow in 1981. For seven years he worked on geological expeditions in north Russia and Central Asia. He has been published as a poet, essayist and journalist. His novel "Der Himmel auf ihren Schultern" ("Buried in Oblivion") has been selected as "Book of the Month June 2013" (awarded by the Darmstädter Jury).
Svetlana Alexievich about Sergei Lebedev’s Books:
“Turn off your TV and read into… Sergei Lebedev writes about today, not yesterday. He writes about our failure to take in and see through the Stalin era.
Perestroika seems dead and buried, but Stalin lives on.
We were such romantics in the 1990s, taking freedom at face value. But no one with a rap sheet spanning a lifetime in labor camps can achieve freedom overnight, once beyond the gate. Instead of Perestroika and freedom, we have a country torn into pieces, Russians in war with Ukrainians, and statues of Stalin making a comeback, with prayers for Great Russia filling the churches.
It is no longer about Stalin’s generation. It is about their children and their children’s children—an infinite and inauspicious succession.
Lebedev’s characters seek ways to cut this umbilical cord…”