Day of the Oprichnik A Novel

ISBN-10: 0374533105

ISBN-13: 9780374533106

Edition: 2012

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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 (inThe 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 Oprichnikis at once a richly imagined vision of the future and a razor-sharp diagnosis of a country in crisis.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 2/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Vladimir Sorokinwas born in a small town outside of Moscow in 1955. He trained as an engineer at the Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas, but turned to art and writing, becoming a major presence in the Moscow underground of the 1980s. His work was banned in the Soviet Union, and his first novel,The Queue,was published by the famed ?migr? dissident Andrei Sinyavksy in France in 1983. In 1992, Sorokin’sCollected Storieswas nominated for the Russian Booker Prize; in 1999, the publication of the controversial novelBlue Lard, which included a sex scene between clones of Stalin and Khrushchev, led to public demonstrations against the book and to demands that Sorokin be prosecuted as a pornographer; in 2001, he received the Andrei Biely Award for outstanding contributions to Russian literature. Sorokin is also the author of the screenplays forMoscow,The Kopeck,and4,and of the libretto for Leonid Desyatnikov’sThe Children of Rosenthal, the first new opera to be commissioned by the Bolshoi Theater since the 1970s. He has written numerous novels, plays, and short stories, and his work has been translated throughout the world. NYRB Classics published his novelIcein 2007. He lives in Moscow. Sally Lairdis the editor ofVoices of Russian Literature: Interviews with Ten Contemporary Writers, and is the translator of many books, includingThe Time: Nightby Liudmila Petrushevskaia.

Jamey Gambrell writes on Russian art and culture.

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