Time is Always Good

Time is Always Good
Time is Always Good
Vremya (2009)
ISBN 978-5-9691-0461-7
What can happen if a girl from 2012 suddenly changes places with a boy from 1980? What time is the best? Where is it more fun to play, on a computer or in the courtyard? What is more important, talking in chatrooms or talking to one another in person and looking into each other's eyes? And most importantly, is it true that "this time is different"?

Maybe the time is always good, it all depends...?

The story of two renowned writers Andrei Zhvalevski and Eugenia Pasternak is about time travellers, adventures and discoveries. 


April 10, 2012
By Oksana Lushchevska, The Pennsylvania State University

In their novel, Time is Always Good (Vremia vsegda khoroshee), Andrei Zhvalevski and Evgenia Pasternak offer a representation of Soviet society in 1980 and a fictional foresight of Russia in 2018. By emphasizing the major characteristics of these two different years, Zhvalevski and Pasternak focus on the daily life of two main characters, Olia Vorob’eva and Vitia Shevchenko.

Olia lives in Moscow in 2018 and her lifestyle is very similar to that of contemporary children. She goes to school, uses the computer, the Internet, and various chats for communication. However, technology replaces direct interaction with her classmates and other people. She knows her friends mostly by online nicknames but does not reveal them at school because the real and virtual worlds are always considered separate. Olia learns material for school using her computer, but has never memorized poetry or historical dates.