Day Of The Oprichnik (Paperback)
|*Author: Sorokin, Vladimir/ Gambrell, Jamey (TRN) *Publication Date: 2012/02/28 *Number of Pages: 191 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.00|
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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 (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.
Russia in the year 2028, as imagined by Vladimir Sorokin in his satiric novel, DAY OF THE OPRICHNIK. Andrei Danilovich Komyaga is an oprichnik, a member of the reinstated noble class who lords over a regressively futuristic nation state. Sorokin borrows this term for high-class thugs from Ivan the Terrible, who called his lackeys the same thing back in Russia's medieval days. In fact, things in Sorokin's brutal and brutish--yet because of Sorokin's unstoppable dark wit, always hilarious--Russia do resemble the past more than any future typically imagined.