Vladimir Sorokin

Author: Dmitry Paranyushkin (on 04 Apr 2015)

Vladimir Sorokin is perhaps the only well-known and respected contemporary Russian writer and his use of language is phenomenal. One of Sorokin’s books, “The Queue” is a recording of conversations that occurred at a queue in the end of the 80s, providing a very precise and somewhat ironic portrait of the Russian society during these times, with all their concerns and aspirations. His other book, “Sugar Kremlin” is a very vivid anti-utopian narrative that extrapolates the current political situation in Russia – prophetic work, in a sense... It heralds the coming of digitalized medieval technocracy. The novel takes place in the future, several years from now, in Moscow. There is a Tsar and his #oprichniki who wrath havoc in city flying around their armored Mercedeses and punishing those who defect from the general party line. Everyone who’s close to the Kremlin gets to decide for the rest. Those who do not decide get their favorite sweet Sugar Kremlin sucking on it eagerly and obsessively while the rich celebrate in opulence.

Vladimir Sorokin - photo by Dursthoff.De




 

Comments, Questions, Feedback?

If you have a question, please, post it in Way to Russia forum or tweet @waytorussia.

For comments and feedback about this article, use the form below.

 

 

 


Most Recent Articles:

Victor Shklovsky

VictorShklovsky was at the beginning of the Russian formalism and wrote a lot of interesting works about Russian artists and cinema-makers of the early Soviet times, especially about Sergei Eisenstein.

Victor Pelevin

Among the most recent writers, VictorPelevin will give a good feel of the 90s: a mix of capitalism, technology and ancient mythologies popping through the society cracks.

Russian Literature: Who is Who?

If you don't know anything about Russian literature it may be hard to know where to start.