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

After four years of study at the University of Economics, I realized that I could not achieve my goals as an economist. I became increasingly convinced that what people need most is a healthy philosophy of life and good literature. Thus, I went on to study theology, oriental studies, Eastern and Western philosophy at various universities around the world for nine years. Then I got a degree as a consulting gestalt therapy psychologist at the faculty of Psychological counseling at the Moscow Institute of Positive Technologies and Consulting. In short, I tried to acquire academic knowledge in areas that covered the universe, cognition, and the human inner world.
I am very interested in travel. 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 impressions of the writer. I am the author of 25 books to date.
In The Man on the Rails, there are several excerpts about the massacre in Srebrenica. When I went to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I visited Srebrenica, saw the cemetery with the victims’ graves, talked to witnesses. This highly impressed me and I decided to reflect it in this novel.
The perverted nationalistic and extremist values that lead to war crimes, whose main victims are women and children, are opposed by love that transgresses all national and ideological boundaries. Together, the novel paints an image of the human being, of the depths and heights people can reach in extremis.



    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.