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Day of the Oprichnik has ratings and reviews. Hadrian said: Day of the Oprichnik is heavy and blunt, like the oak clubs of the secret police. Haunting, terrifying and hilarious, The Day of the Oprichnik is a dazzling novel and a fierce critique of life in the New Russia. Moscow (There is, I should say, an extended and rather well-done scene of vigorous ass- fucking in Day of the Oprichnik, as well. It an orgy in the truest.

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Dec 17, Tuck rated it really liked it Shelves: Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin. Well, I attempted to read it.

Still, I thought it was an OK novel, but I can’t pinpoint why, other than it thf like it had a decent plot and the translation seemed pretty good. As nobles, the continued their military service, often — illustrious, and a number of them died in battle.

Corporal punishment is back and the monarchy is divided once again, but this is the future, the not so distant future for the Russian empire, or is it? This isn’t my first rodeo with a text from Rus, but this is one of the first times I was genuinely let down by a text I da excited to ot from this part of the world. The guard is then joined by two others, and together, they open the valve themselves and fart into the pipeline, eliciting screams and wails from the West.

Ivan IV was a progressive as rulers came in that time period.

Day of the Oprichnik

At the same time, it is completely understandable if after reading this, you decide Sorokin is not for you. Just to show my cluelessness, which makes me wonder how much a missed, here is my vocabulary list: Why was this piece published outside of Russia?


Early on, the Oprichniks take down a nobleman and then commence the obligatory gang rape of his wife. Olrichnik alluring about it all is the fondness Sorokin seems to have for Komiaga as a savage dimwit, and the endless ridicule to which he subjects him.

I’ve been living in it for only seven months, yet it feels as though I was born and grew up there. In the rearview mirror I see my homestead receding. I wait with trepidation.

Still, I thought it was an OK novel, but I can’t pinpoint why, other than it seems like it had a decent plot a Ummmm, well This novel operates within one of the common trappings of science-fiction novels, in which the author ends up building a plot simply in order to show you the various aspects of the world he invented.

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It’s what happens when capitalism and the market’s hand diamond encrusted and bloody has free reign. As with “Fahrenheit,” the transvaluation of values is so massively and convincingly portrayed that off topsy-turvy world of future Russia begins to assume a nightmare substantiality equal to our current milieu, casting its unborn shadow threateningly backward in time.

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The investigation real one, with protocols, collection of evidence, questioning of witnesses etc. Meanwhile, a few individual authors, such as Stanislaw Lem and the Strugatsky brotherswere plucked by Western translators like beet chunks from the Soviet borscht.

However, it’s so cleverly crafted to reveal exactly any fault in his treatment towards Russian people while, at the fay time the author raises questions regarding homosexuality and religion, as well as nationalism and ethical corruption issues. Sorokin is an excellent writer, though I recommend you read this Wikipedia entry before reading the novel. For everyone else; read the book, enjoy the satire, black humour and Science Fiction elements fhe this book and also find out what I mean.

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Day of the Oprichnik – Vladimir Sorokin

The oprichniks drive autonomous “Mercedovs,” get their news from holographic “bubbles” and opridhnik ray guns and lasers in their depradations — as well as the old-fashioned torture rack and knives. And after reading Day of the Oprichnikmy first Sorokin book, I can see why readers are so polarized: Touching the opricunik “ice,” he receives a revelation: But he makes the future so bleak, so depressing, and yet so humorous that I almost don’t want to consider anymore of Russia.

The problem this created was that the Oprichnina were only accountable to the Czar. His broom is fastened to the trunk, and on the hood, the freshly severed head of a shaggy wolfhound. After he settles her scandalous affair, for which he will receive not a girdle or a ring but a token ten-ruble piece, Komiaga cannot help but ask the seer a question of his own:. Olrichnik elite of the country had been taught one thing from the cradle to the grave — how to fight.

Day of the Oprichnik, by Vladimir Sorokin – The Globe and Mail

Maybe one of my problems with this book is that the ultimate warning for Putinist Russia mimics too closely the message behind Bradbury’s Fahrenheita book I’ve always disliked. Even the symbol of the oprichniki, the dreaded Mercedov, is made in China. Sep 22, Brian rated it really liked it. It’s supposed to be funny, but I don’t possess the erudition nor am I privy to the esoterica oprichni Russian life to fully appreciate the humor.