Day of the Oprichnik

Day of the Oprichnik

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One of The Telegraph 's Best Fiction Books 2011 Moscow, 2028. A cold, snowy morning. Andrei Danilovich Komiaga is fast asleep. A scream, a moan, and a death rattle slowly pull him out of his drunken stupor-but wait, that's just his ring tone. And so begins another day in the life of an oprichnik, one of the czar's most trusted courtiers-and one of the country's most feared men. Welcome to the new New Russia, where futuristic technology and the draconian codes of Ivan the Terrible are in perfect synergy. Corporal punishment is back, as is a divine monarch, but these days everyone gets information from high-tech news bubbles, and the elite get high on hallucinogenic, genetically modified fish. Over the course of one day, Andrei Komiaga will bear witness to-and participate in-brutal executions; extravagant parties; meetings with ballerinas, soothsayers, and even the czarina. He will rape and pillage, and he will be moved to tears by the sweetly sung songs of his homeland. He will consume an arsenal of drugs and denounce threats to his great nation's morals. And he will fall in love-perhaps even with a number of his colleagues. Vladimir Sorokin, the man described by Keith Gessen (in The New York Review of Books ) as "[the] only real prose writer, and resident genius" of late-Soviet fiction, has imagined a near future both too disturbing to contemplate and too realistic to dismiss. But like all of his best work, Sorokin's new novel explodes with invention and dark humor. A startling, relentless portrait of a troubled and troubling empire, Day of the Oprichnik is at once a richly imagined vision of the future and a razor-sharp diagnosis of a country in crisis.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2011.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374134754
0374134758
Branch Call Number: FIC SORO
Characteristics: 191 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gambrell, Jamey

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Gemininja
Sep 08, 2011

Sorokin has my attention. I shall dive into his previous literature. Shall they best the tale of his Devout killer rapists who keep the peace of a New Russia, who unwind with nanopharm fish beyond any psychedelics and the latest in Chinese-enhanced neon genitals? Either way "The Devil made me do it."

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