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The Slynx - Tatyana Tolstaya, Татьяна Толстая, Jamey Gambrell
The Slynx
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New in Paperback“A postmodern literary masterpiece.” –The Times Literary SupplementTwo hundred years after civilization ended in an event known as the Blast, Benedikt isn’t one to complain. He’s got a job—transcribing old books and presenting them as the words of the great new leader, Fyodor... show more
New in Paperback“A postmodern literary masterpiece.” –The Times Literary SupplementTwo hundred years after civilization ended in an event known as the Blast, Benedikt isn’t one to complain. He’s got a job—transcribing old books and presenting them as the words of the great new leader, Fyodor Kuzmich, Glorybe—and though he doesn’t enjoy the privileged status of a Murza, at least he’s not a serf or a half-human four-legged Degenerator harnessed to a troika. He has a house, too, with enough mice to cook up a tasty meal, and he’s happily free of mutations: no extra fingers, no gills, no cockscombs sprouting from his eyelids. And he’s managed—at least so far—to steer clear of the ever-vigilant Saniturions, who track down anyone who manifests the slightest sign of Freethinking, and the legendary screeching Slynx that waits in the wilderness beyond.   Tatyana Tolstaya’s The Slynx reimagines dystopian fantasy as a wild, horripilating amusement park ride. Poised between Nabokov’s Pale Fire and Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, The Slynx is a brilliantly inventive and shimmeringly ambiguous work of art: an account of a degraded world that is full of echoes of the sublime literature of Russia’s past; a grinning portrait of human inhumanity; a tribute to art in both its sovereignty and its helplessness; a vision of the past as the future in which the future is now.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590171967 (1590171969)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 299
Edition language: English
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I Live in Many Worlds
I Live in Many Worlds rated it
3.0 The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya
I joined a book club! I've never been a part of one before so I thought that it would be a fun experience. The book club is called International Reads here on GoodReads and its purpose is for its members to read as diversely as possible. We want to read as many books from foreign countries because f...
Emamemi
Emamemi rated it
This is a truly wonderful book, I fell in love with the story! I haven't read many dystopian novels, but I'm sure that, in a couple of years, The Slynx will be considered one of the best from this genre. So you should read it before it becomes a "classic". :)It's the only novel of Tatyana Tolstaya, ...
nataliya
nataliya rated it
Few books terrify me to the depths of my soul as much as this postapocalytic tale full of bleakly-black humor and dark satire, set amongst the radioactive desolation of Moscow Fyodor-Kuzmichsk - which is sunk low in degradation and regression, with economy dependent on mice-hunting, with a lone half...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
Tatyana Tolstaya was born into the Russian aristocratic family of Tolstoy. You might be thinking, as was I, would that happen to be the Leo Tolstoy family? Why in fact it is! I wasn't able to trace down exactly how she is related to Leo, but in several articles it mentions her relationship to the ...
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