Search Results: "Vladimir Sorokin"


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ICE by Vladimir Sorokin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A page-turner with provocative implications."
Russian postmodernist Sorokin's English-language debut combines imaginative audacity and stylistic virtuosity in a work that defies categorization. Read full book review >

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DAY OF THE OPRICHNIK by Vladimir Sorokin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2011

"Acidly funny send-up of Russia's current state of affairs that challenges the status quo with embellished wit and outlandish violence."
In the near future, a member of a government-sponsored goon squad bears witness to the skewed and skewered state of Mother Russia. Read full book review >

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THE BLIZZARD by Vladimir Sorokin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A strange, distinctly Russian diversion for readers looking for something completely different."
A country doctor holding the cure to a zombie epidemic struggles through an impossibly stubborn blizzard. Read full book review >

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TEN by Vladimir Radunsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Blue-nosed adult armadillos, nattily attired in patterned ear and tail socks, tumble with the infants across monochrome backgrounds in this bright, amiable, universally recognizable episode. (Picture book. 4-5)"
Radunsky (Mannekin Pis, p. 961, etc.) tucks plenty of counting practice into this evergreen "family" story rich with Radunsky's offbeat humor. Read full book review >

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PETER AND THE WOLF by Vladimir  Vagin
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"The exciting illustrations give another context to a modern folktale than can co-exist with the symphony that first made it famous. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An adventurous boy disregards his grandfather's orders to remain behind the closed garden gate when a fierce wolf is spotted in the neighborhood. Read full book review >

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THE CONQUEST OF CANCER by Vladimir Kalina
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A convincing criticism of modern medicine that advocates the reinvention of cancer treatment."
A debut author looks at a rare surgical technique for combating cancer developed over decades. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 20, 1991

"Somewhere, Gogol is smiling."
Unique and sparkling memoir of a Russian Jewish immigrant to New York. Read full book review >

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PNIN by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 1957

"And why do books which have appeared in the New Yorker rarely get proper editing, so that the reader is constantly having people and events re-explained to him?"
This sad-amusing little book is a series of short stories about Professor Timofey Pnin, an emigre Russian intellectual and teacher of Russian at Waindell College. Read full book review >

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LECTURES ON LITERATURE by Vladimir Nabokov
Released: Oct. 22, 1980

"Distinctive and demanding."
Not really essays, not genial and general E. M. Forster-ish talks either, nor stirring defenses nor rhetorical destructions, these lectures Nabokov prepared and gave at Cornell in the Fifties are just that: he talks and reads, we listen (the same general approach—heirophant picking out the mystery from the dross—that Nabokov used in his own fiction); and literature is taken apart like a boxful of toys: "impersonal imagination and artistic delight," "the supremacy of the detail over the general, of the part that is more alive than the whole." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1996

"If Zhirinovsky does well in upcoming elections, the West and the world will have to deal with yet another fanatical nationalist whose grip on reality is tenuous at best."
Depending on the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections in Russia, this political manifesto will prove either ridiculous or frightening. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 1992

"Readers interested in the extraordinary events of 1989 would do better to look at Mark Frankland's The Patriots' Revolution (reviewed above)."
A rather dry account of the failure of Communism in Eastern Europe, told by an expatriate Romanian academic (Political Science/Univ. of Maryland)—long on background, well documented, but plodding as narrative. Read full book review >

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DETAILS OF A SUNSET AND OTHER STORIES by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1976

"Up to then, however, the collection offers only occasional reading for the complete Nabokovian—small butterflies which just take wing as retrospect or in anticipation."
Everything, every trifle will be valuable and meaningful" as someone's "future recollection"—this line is a validation for many of these thirteen stories written between 1924 and 1935 for various Russian emigre publications. Read full book review >