A dazzling, utterly distinctive saga from Russia’s most celebrated-and most controversial-novelist
Vladimir Sorokin is one of Russia’s most popular and provocative novelists. In his scabrous dystopian satire Day of the Oprichnik, American readers were introduced to his distinctive style, which combines an edgy avant-garde sensibility with a fondness for the absurd and even the grotesque-all in service of bringing out stinging truths about life in modern-day Russia.
In The Blizzard, we are immersed in the atmosphere of a nineteenth-century Russia. Garin, a district doctor, is desperately trying to reach the village of Dolgoye, where a mysterious epidemic is turning people into zombies. He carries with him a vaccine that will prevent the spread of this terrible disease but is stymied in his travels by an all-consuming snowstorm, an impenetrable blizzard that turns a drive that should last only a few hours into a voyage of days and, finally, a journey into eternity.
The Blizzard dramatizes a timeless metaphysical predicament. The characters in this nearly postapocalyptic world are constantly in motion and yet somehow trapped and frozen-spending day and night fighting their way through the storm on an expedition filled with extraordinary encounters, dangerous escapades, torturous imaginings, and amorous adventures. Hypnotic, fascinating, and richly descriptive, The Blizzard is a seminal work from one of the most inventive writers working today.
expected at December 1st 2015
published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Why I’m waiting on?
I found this book at Bonnies blog (thanks for the inspiration) and was hit of (not just because it’s a dystopia). Russian literature was for me always way back, somewhere between Dostojewski and the Russian classes I had to take at school. But modern Russia is really interesting, bit spooky and I would love to know more about typical arts, intellectual stuff and this author who’s called celebrated and provocative as well.
‘Waiting On’ Wednesday
// is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
// ist eine wöchentliche Aktion von Breaking the Spine. Es geht um Bücher, die noch nicht erschienen sind und auf deren Veröffentlichung wir hinfiebern.