Slynx

ISBN-10: 1590171969

ISBN-13: 9781590171967

Edition: 2007

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"New in Paperback" " A postmodern literary masterpiece." - "The Times Literary Supplement" Two hundred years after civilization ended in an event known as the Blast, Benedikt isn' t one to complain. He' s got a job-- transcribing old books and presenting them as the words of the great new leader, Fyodor Kuzmich, Glorybe-- and though he doesn' t enjoy the privileged status of a Murza, at least he' s not a serf or a half-human four-legged Degenerator harnessed to a troika. He has a house, too, with enough mice to cook up a tasty meal, and he' s happily free of mutations: no extra fingers, no gills, no cockscombs sprouting from his eyelids. And he' s managed-- at least so far-- to steer clear of the ever-vigilant Saniturions, who track down anyone who manifests the slightest sign of Freethinking, and the legendary screeching Slynx that waits in the wilderness beyond. Tatyana Tolstaya' s "The Slynx" reimagines dystopian fantasy as a wild, horripilating amusement park ride. Poised between Nabokov' s "Pale Fire" and Burgess' s "A Clockwork Orange," "The Slynx" is a brilliantly inventive and shimmeringly ambiguous work of art: an account of a degraded world that is full of echoes of the sublime literature of Russia' s past; a grinning portrait of human inhumanity; a tribute to art in both its sovereignty and its helplessness; a vision of the past as the future in which the future is now.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 4/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Jamey Gambrell writes on Russian art and culture.

Tatyana Tolstaya---"the most original, tactile, luminous voice in Russian prose today," according to Joseph Brodsky---worked at various publishing jobs after graduating from Leningrad University and appeared on the Moscow literary scene in 1983 with the favorably received story "Loves Me, Loves Me Not." Her first collection, On the Golden Porch (1988), proved extremely popular. Soon afterward she came to the United States on the first of a series of visiting university appointments and has plunged actively into cultural life in this country: She writes for the New York Review of Books, the New Republic, The New Yorker, and other magazines, as well as for publications in Russia. Her forte is the short story, her writing distinguished by exuberance, a talent for description, a comic sensibility, and more than a touch of the surreal. For one reviewer, "the discrepancy between fondest desires and disappointing reality" lies at the core of her writing, which is "a fiction of vast possibility, propelled not by plot, but by a narrative voice that imaginatively conveys the ambiguities of her characters' inner lives" (Baltimore Morning Sun). Sleepwalker in a Fog (1991) is her second book.

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