Mission to Mars
Published by Glas New Russian Writing
In Russia in the late 2000s, young but unmotivated Pasha starts a new job at ARTavia, a luxury airline that makes one cast-iron guarantee to its VIP clients: its planes cannot crash. But when Pasha and his friends expose the truth about the ARTavia operation to the public, they place themselves in mortal danger.
Igor Savelyev’s latest novella has powerful things to say about disillusionment and conspiracy in Putin’s Russia, and a world obsessed with the cult of corporate promise. A blistering corporate conspiracy novel for the Pussy Riot generation.
Igor Savelyev was born in 1983 in Bashkiria. His short novel Pale City appears in the 2012 Glas anthology Off the Beaten Track: Stories by Russian Hitchhikers (ISBN 9785717200929). In 2011 he appeared at the Southbank Centre at a British Council event on ‘The Russian Future’. He lives in Ufa in the Urals.
Amanda Love Darragh’s other translations include Maria Galina’s Iramifications (Glas, 2008; ISBN 9785717200820), Ilya Boyashov’s The Way of Muri (Hesperus, 2012; ISBN 9781843913689) and Andrey Kurkov’s The Milkman in the Night (2012; ISBN 9781846553981) and The Gardener from Ochakov (2013; ISBN 9781846556159), both published by Vintage. She lives in Richmond.