2020-11-15 20:51:55 +0300
The English edition of Elena Stepanova's (E. Lynn S.) "Priestess of Candlelight. Book 1. Fragments" is published and available on lulu.com:
Dimensions: A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm)
PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH EDITION
The Priestess Of Candlelight trilogy is a psychedelic drama with elements of fantasy and magical realism. It is strongly connected to my musical projects that I was busy with during the time of writing. The novel started as a psychological drama, which I originally began to write in Russian a couple of decades ago. The Russian version of the trilogy was finished and published in 2019, and I ventured into creating the English one.
Translating the first book of the trilogy to English has been an exciting experience for me, as I watched the novel improving, primarily due to the things lost in translation and the necessity to make up for it, which led to reevaluating certain points and, in fact, to rewriting some parts of the novel in English. Mid-way, it became obvious that the English version started influencing the original text. Changing the Russian book was never my intention, as I considered it perfect; but now I came to rather enjoying the idea. As a result, a Russian version is going to have a second edition soon.
I decided to publish the English version of the novel under my pen name, E. Lynn S., which I use for my musical projects and other works since mid-2010s. It just feels natural to do so at this stage, even though it may introduce some degree of confusion. (At least my initials are the same, so I hope it helps!)
I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the people who helped me with the English text, among them Dr John Reynolds, a writer and songwriter from Auckland, New Zealand, and Ti Sci Tang, my old friend, translator, and interviewer. I owe everyone at Alkemie XXI my sincere gratitude for all of their help, enthusiasm, and ongoing support.
E. Lynn S.
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