International Mega-Bestseller on Humanity's Spiritual Connection to Nature is Published in English

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After selling over 10 million copies in Russian alone and translations into 20 languages, "Anastasia", Book 1 in the Ringing Cedars Series by a Russian author Vladimir Megre, has now been released in English translation by Ringing Cedars Press of Columbia, Missouri, USA. The book tells a real-life story of entrepreneur Vladimir Megre's trade trip to the Siberian taiga in 1995, where he witnessed spiritual phenomena that compelled him to abandon his business and write this book on the spiritual connection between humanity and nature. "Anastasia" has already sparked a massive back-to-the-Earth / eco-village movement in Russia and beyond.

"Anastasia" by Vladimir Megre -- a book that restores the link between humanity and nature and has already sparked a massive eco-village movement -- has now been released by Ringing Cedars Press (Columbia, Missouri, USA) on February 14, 2005, in a first-rate English translation.

The Book: On a trade trip to the Siberian taiga in search for the lost technique of pressing virgin cedar nut oil, a Russian entrepreneur Vladimir Megre witnessed incredible spiritual phenomena that compelled him to write a book. The run-away success of his first volume, "Anastasia", self-published in 1996, made him into one of Russia's most widely read authors. The seven books of the Ringing Cedars Series published to date have sold over 10 million copies in Russian alone, and -- translated into 20 languages -- are believed to be a most significant masterpiece of Russian literature and one of the most important revelations in the history of humanity.

The Ringing Cedars books have stirred the hearts and minds of countless people, showing a way to understand ourselves and to heal our planet. They possess a tremendous, unprecedented power of transforming the life on our whole Earth for the better. Inspired by the Ringing Cedars, thousands of people are now planting trees, changing their lifestyle and, in search for a spiritual re-connection with the Earth, relocating to new eco-villages that are sprouting all over Russia and beyond. Thousands of people reading the Ringing Cedars books have felt a huge creative upsurge and started writing poetry and songs and even doing paintings. Numerous readers' conferences have taken place in Russia and throughout Europe. The publication of the first volume, "Anastasia", which appeared in the original Russian only eight years ago, marked just the beginning of these developments. Every day new people join in to help bring about a radiant reality for ourselves and our children.

The Author, Vladimir Megre, born in 1950, was a well-known entrepreneur from a Siberian city of Novosibirsk. In 1994, having heard a fascinating story about the power of "ringing cedars" from a Siberian elder, he undertook extensive research and was one of the first businessmen to realize the commercial potential of Siberian cedar nuts and cedar nut oil. In 1995 he organized a trade expedition into the Siberian taiga to rediscover the lost technique of pressing virgin cedar nut oil containing high curative powers. However, his encounter with a Siberian woman Anastasia on this trip transformed him so deeply that he neglected his business and went to Moscow to write a book about the spiritual insights she shared with him. Vladimir Megre now lives near the city of Vladimir, Russia, 150 miles (240 km) east of Moscow, devoting himself to writing and finishing the eighth book in the Ringing Cedars Series.

The Translator, John Woodsworth, has forty years of experience in Russian-English translation, from classical poetry to modern short stories. For the past twenty-three years he has been associated with the University of Ottawa in Canada as a Russian-language teacher, translator and editor, as well as Research Associate and Administrative Assistant of the University's Slavic Research Group. A published Russian-language poet himself, and a director of the Sasquatch Literary Arts Performance Series in Ottawa, he is now working on translating Vladimir Megre's second book, "The Ringing Cedars of Russia", scheduled for release on 18 May 2005. In his Translator's Preface he calls Megre's book "a tremendous new insight into the whole interrelationship of God, Man, Nature and the Universe. ...a revelation in science and religion." John Woodsworth makes his home in the Ottawa area.

The Editor, Leonid Sharashkin, is writing his doctoral dissertation in Forestry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, researching the implications of the ideas revealed in the Ringing Cedars Series for disciplines as diverse as agriculture, forestry, sociology, economics, philosophy and environmental ethics. "These books are bringing about a global-scale revolution in our perception of the link between humanity and nature. It is not by chance that Dr. Viktor Medikov, an economist and former member of Russian parliament, wrote an entire book entitled "Putin, Megre and Russia's Future", claiming that The Ringing Cedars have become Russia's new national idea that will shape the country's future. In Russia and other countries where these books have been published, they have already produced a greater impact than Rachel Carlson's 'Silent Spring' or Aldo Leopold's 'Sand County Almanac' have in the U.S.," Sharashkin said.

The Cover Artist, Alexander Razboinikov, a professional entomologist and artist from the Russian industrial city of Chelyabinsk in the Urals, has drawn powerful inspiration from the books by Vladimir Megre. He has created a series of paintings that have now become the covers of the English-language edition of the Ringing Cedars Series. One visitor to the Beaux Arts Bizarre festival in Columbia, Missouri, in November 2004 -- where Razboinikov's painting were exhibited -- made a comment: "I am amazed how a man can produce paintings of such a remarkable pristine beauty."

The Publisher, Ringing Cedars Press, based in Columbia, Missouri, is an independent publishing house dedicated to making Vladimir Megre's books available in a first-rate English translation. The publisher's web-site -- http://www.RingingCedars.com -- contains extensive information on the Ringing Cedars books and the impact they are producing around the world, as well as an on-line store where the books may be ordered.

"Anastasia" by Vladimir Megre. Book 1 in the Ringing Cedars Series. Translated from the Russian by John Woodsworth. Edited by Leonid Sharashkin. Columbia, Missouri, USA: Ringing Cedars Press, February 2005. xiv + 202 pp. ISBN 0-9763333-0-9 (paperback)

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