By Vladimir Sorokin
One among The Telegraph’s top Fiction Books 2011
Moscow, 2028. a chilly, snowy morning.
Andrei Danilovich Komiaga is speedy asleep. A scream, a moan, and a loss of life rattle slowly pull him out of his drunken stupor—but wait, that’s simply his ring tone. And so starts one other day within the lifetime of an oprichnik, one of many czar’s so much depended on courtiers—and one of many country’s such a lot feared men.
Welcome to the recent New Russia, the place futuristic expertise and the draconian codes of Ivan the bad are in excellent synergy. Corporal punishment is again, as is a divine monarch, yet nowadays each person will get details from high-tech information bubbles, and the elite get excessive on hallucinogenic, genetically converted fish.
Over the process sooner or later, Andrei Komiaga will undergo witness to—and take part in—brutal executions; extravagant events; conferences with ballerinas, soothsayers, or even the czarina. he'll rape and pillage, and he'll be moved to tears via the sweetly sung songs of his place of origin. he'll eat an arsenal of gear and denounce threats to his nice nation’s morals. And he'll fall in love—perhaps regardless of a couple of his colleagues.
Vladimir Sorokin, the guy defined by way of Keith Gessen (in The long island assessment of Books) as “[the] simply actual prose author, and resident genius” of late-Soviet fiction, has imagined a close to destiny either too aggravating to think about and too reasonable to brush aside. yet like every of his most sensible paintings, Sorokin’s new novel explodes with invention and darkish humor. A startling, relentless portrait of a stricken and troubling empire, Day of the Oprichnik is immediately a richly imagined imaginative and prescient of the longer term and a razor-sharp prognosis of a rustic in situation.