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Day of the Oprichnik: A novel
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Day of the Oprichnik: A novel (Paperback)

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It's Moscow, 2028. A scream, a moan, and a death rattle slowly pull Andrei Danilovich Komiaga out of his drunken stupor. But wait - that's just his ringtone. 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. In this new New Russia, where futuristic technology and the draconian codes of Ivan the Terrible are in perfect synergy, Komiaga will attend extravagant parties, partake in brutal executions, and consume an arsenal of drugs. Vladimir Sorokin 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 humour. 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.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryScience Fiction Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc Publication Date: 05/03/2012 ISBN-13: 9780374533106  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Vladimir Sorokin was born in 1955. He is the author of many novels, plays, short stories, and screenplays, and of a libretto. Sorokin has won the Andrei Bely Prize and the Maxim Gorky Prize, and was nominated for the Booker-Open Russia Literary Prize. He lives in Moscow. Jamey Gambrell is a writer on Russian art and culture, and the translator of Vladimir Sorokin's The Ice Trilogy, among many other works of Russian-language fiction and nonfiction.

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Rather startling satire on contemporary Russia, very inventive and scabrous.

- 05/09/2013
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