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A story translated from the Russian That Is Part *MAGICAL that is part *MAGICAL PART SCIENCE FICTION A BLEND OF *realism and part science a blend of Russia and a post apocalyptic futuristic Russia Almost all of the action takes place in a Dr Zhivago type sleigh ide in a blinding week long blizzard across the frozen Russian landscape A doctor carrying vaccine has hired a sled driver to get him to a Beer Law: What Brewers Need to Know remote village where the people have been struck by a plague The harder the doctor tries toeach the village the obstacles he encounters as in one of those GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany running nightmares where you can nevereach your destination And oh yes I forgot to mention that the village people are suffering from the Bolivian plague that turns them into Zombies Not goodimage There s a shortage of gasoline Fortunately genetic bioengineering has done its magic and the sleigh s motor think snowmobile is powered by 50 miniature horses propelling a drive belt under the hood Genetic manipulation has also bred giant and miniature humans The giant people 6 meters tall are hired to do things like clear forests by The Confederate Privateers ripping out trees by hand A tavern owner they encounter on their journey is a miniature man about as tall as a wine bottle married to a normal sized woman We have digital clocks but no phones or internet In the travels of the doctor and his driver they come across a tent city populated by Kazakh people aka Vitaminders The Kazakhs erect their tents in a few minutes by using a substance sueezed out of a tube of toothpaste that they water and then in a few minutes it grows into a felt like substance The Vitaminders make their living selling an LSD type drug The doctor takes advantage of the drug just as he did the tavern owner s wife In his hallucinogenic drugged state the doctor has nightmarish dreams where heeflects on all the bad things he did in his life and tries to justify himself to a village tribunal that has condemned him to a gruesome death I m not a science fiction fan but the book kept my attention with its inventiveness and my wondering exactly what is going on and what s coming next On the other hand I didn t uite get the point of it all Sorokin is a post modern Russian writer he has been writing since the 1980 s and his early work had been banned under the old Soviet Big Bad Detective Agency regime But now he is banging out a book a year and has published about 15 novels since then photo from blogeurekatentcom I finishede The Placer reading The Blizzard this Oversat af Tine RoesenI en nedfrosset fremtidig verden haster lægen Garin af sted i kane for atedde sine landsmænd fra en udenlandsk pest Mørket falder p?. ,
Eekend and when I got to the end my feeling was one of exalted Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism revelation It Ieceived a copy of This From The Publisher Through from the publisher through is my first ead of Sorokin although I ve had Day of the Oprichnik marked to ead for a while He is a living Russian author but the setting for Blizzard is 19th century Russia *SO IT FEELS LIKE GOING BACK TO THE TIME *it feels like going back to the time Tolstoy Except there is a town suffering from a virus that turns them into zombies and the doctor has the vaccine they need The blizzard and other bizarre events are working against his attempts to get to themThere are a few other Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness random future tech things like the vitaminders and zoogenesis and teeny tiny horses Brr I guess as they say there s a first for everything In this case The Blizzard is the first that I ve ever not appreciatedfeltenjoyed a Russian author Russian and Romanian obviously and in general Eastern European literature moldseflects illuminates and inspires my soul because it is born in a uniue landscape that was also my childhood my source of personal myths and ways of looking at things This nostalgia for childhood is nothing special
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my case eading RussianEastern lit is just how I go back So usually I love it all sticking to the Russians for now from Solzhenitsyn s systematic and descriptive analytics to Dostoevsky s masterful psychoanalyses to Bulgakov s absurd whimsical surrealism to Petrushevskaya s heart wrenching portraits of humanity in pain to Tolstoy s omanticism Within all this variety there is a certain Russian nessEastern European ness spirit imbuing all these works Which is what The Blizzard seemed for me to be missing and which is why it didn t uite facilitate my going back despite Sorokin s heavy use of Russian motifs such as the furious snowstorm the vodka the brilliant whimsy etcAs I uestioned my Other People's Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America reaction it didn t take me long toealize the essential ingredient that I value above all others and that threads all the aforementioned works the humor You will not meet anyone dead pan than an Eastern European especially not one born in that era Some of us are basically living dead pan you eally can t take anything we say seriously because we don t ourselves and yet somehow we are often taken most seriously of all It s a bit like Communist Zen one learns to detach and to view the whole fiasco from a distance At which point of course it all looks absurd and it s clear th. ? månen lader sig ane i glimt og kulden bider Intet må forsinke ham I møllen venter den fede varme møllerkone og ude på den åbne steppe frister narkopush. At nothing is eal In The Blizzard Sorokin Seems To Blizzard Sorokin seems to this effect through cosmetics introducing for example a uite bizarre world of tiny horses the size of a partridge and humongous men the size of a three story house Still these insertions of the absurd did not serve any purpose did not give any broader meaning to the narrative did not convey any particular mood nor did they inspire contemplation I m not sure how to articulate properly at this point eflection needed for now I felt I was eading an ideas soup of ingredients picked up from The Greats reading an ideas soup of ingredients picked up from The Greats did not *uite work out because the broth used fell apartseparatedotherwise uined everything But *work out because the broth used fell apartseparatedotherwise uined everything But I am wrong I am very conflicted Perhaps I misunderstood the whole thing I should like or probably like love Sorokin if precedent is to be trusted So this eview may change in the future Sometimes especially with fantasy it is best to use a lighter touch Take Vladimir Sorokin s The Blizzard A Novel could very well be set in the 19th century except for a cellphone at one point and a mention that Stalin happened a long time agoThe story has a dramatic start Platon Ilich Garin is a physician traveling during a major blizzard with vaccinations against the Bolivian Black Plague which has broken out in nearby Dolgoye He needs horses to take him there aren t there cars and finds the only local who can help him is Crouper who has miniature horses and a special sled that could could get to DolgoyeGarin s journey is fraught with strange disasters and opportunities He is seduced by the miller s wife at one overnight stop The miller himself is a midget no bigger than a doll We hear that there are in addition to miniature horses and people giant horses and giant humans over twenty feet tall Then there are the Vitaminers sort of like gypsies who sell strange productsin the form of spheres cubes and pyramids which when heated give the taker strange delusions In Garin s case he is being boiled slowly in oil Instead of being disappointed by his drug trip Garin is exhilarated I mean eally who wouldn t like to be slowly boiled in oil They continue on their trip until a final mishap occurs within a few miles from their goalThis is the third Sorokin novel I have Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris read after Ice and Day of the Oprichnik I find myself unable to put his books down I always want to find out what s next With Sorokin whatever it is it s bound to be strange. Ere Hestene slider ulvene samler sig og vejen deles og forsvinder i snefoget Snart er Garin og hans kusk på vej ind i alle tiders litteræreussiske snestorm.