The Man on the Rails

This book was written for everyone who believes in the victory of our higher emotions, such as kindness and love, over war, and life's hardships.

Fiction - Drama
306 Pages
Reviewed on 07/01/2020
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Author Biography

Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved learning.

I earned my first degree from the Azerbaijan State University of Economics. Then I academically studied cognition and the human inner world. I went on to study theology, Eastern and Western philosophy at various universities for nine years. Then I earned a degree as a consulting gestalt therapy psychologist at the Moscow Institute of Positive Technologies and Consulting.
I became increasingly convinced that what people need most is a healthy philosophy about life and good literature. When writing a book, I strive to ensure that the reader sees himself in the work, as if looking in a mirror, and finds answers to his vital questions.
I am the author of 27 books, most of which are best sellers in Azerbaijan. I began with writing scholarly and philosophical books. Then, I wrote five books on psychological motivation. Now I mostly write novels; This City is Empty, The Man on the Rails, Abaddon, and the serial novel The Pathfinder are the best-known ones.
I have visited many places: Europe, the Middle East, Scandinavia, Africa, Latin America, and Antarctica. Everything I see on my trips gives me ideas for my writing. To see, to know, to feel, and then to create: this gives a special flavor to fiction. It comes to life and breathes, enriched by the writer's vivid impressions.
I also conduct training programs and seminars on personal development at several universities, and I participate in TV programs regularly.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Man on the Rails is a work of fiction in the psychological drama and literary style writing sub-genres and was penned by author Rovshan Abdullaoglu. Written with a dedication to “everyone who does not give up and stands up to cancer and other great challenges”, this is a heartfelt tale exploring human fortitude and emotional strength during times of trial. We begin with a shocking scenario of suicide, an instance that rockets us back into the past to the conflict between Bosnia and Serbia. We meet Adriana, whose life story changes and affirms what the human spirit can endure despite hopelessness, thus affecting the later storylines and bringing everything into perspective.

Author Rovshan Abdullaoglu has crafted a wide perspective on humanity which homes in at the perfect moment to bring us detail and emotional impact as the story progresses. I knew very little about the Bosnian war and the conflicts of the different parties involved, so the novel delivered a lot of historical, cultural, and social perspectives from that time which all readers can benefit from understanding. I was most impressed by the character development, which creates the strong protagonists who underpin every action of the novel, and of course, Adriana stands out as a proud figure who undergoes quite the learning experience. The dialogue was a strong point too, driving important philosophical questions and digging deep into the emotive content of the tale, but remaining realistic and not clichéd. Overall, I would highly recommend The Man on the Rails to readers who appreciate thoughtful literary fiction with a wide-ranging perspective.