Vladimir Sorokin

Vladimir Georgievich Sorokin is a contemporary postmodern Russian writer and dramatist, one of the most popular in modern Russian literature. Sorokin, who lives in Moscow, has been critical of the Putin Regime.
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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.

Красавица Марина преподает музыку, спит с девушками, дружит с диссидентами, читает запрещенные книги и ненавидит Советский Союз. С каждой новой возлюбленной она все острее чувствует свое одиночество и отсутствие смысла в жизни. Только любовь к секретарю парткома, внешне двойнику великого антисоветского писателя, наконец приводит ее к гармонии – Марина растворяется в потоке советских штампов, теряя свою идентичность.Роман Владимира Сорокина “Тридцатая любовь Марины”, написанный в 1982–1984 гг., – точная и смешная зарисовка из жизни андроповской Москвы, ее типов, нравов и привычек, но не только. В самой Марине виртуозно обобщен позднесоветский человек, в сюжете доведен до гротеска выбор, стоявший перед ним ежедневно. В свойственной ему иронической манере, переводя этическое в плоскость эстетического, Сорокин помогает понять, как устроен механизм отказа от собственного я.Содержит нецензурную брань.
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