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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This was a very specific mix, this book, this creepy neo-patriarchal grotesque somewhat scifi-ish dystopia. This book is just a day in Komiag Andrei Danilovich Komiaga awakes to be attended to by servants who bathe, clothe, and feed him. Which makes make wonder about the translation–pasquinades rhyme, poems have rhythm, and some words are put in italics I never figured out why. At the same time, it is completely understandable if after reading this, you decide Sorokin is not for you.

“Day of the Oprichnik”: The fascinating world of Soviet science fiction

Now, with the publication of two new translations of the remarkable work of Russian satirist Vladimir Sorokin — jaunty, despairing, cynical, hopeful, traditional and postmodern by turns — an even more explosive impact seems likely.

His Majesty exempted them in recognition of their difficult professions. They could simply fight off any attempt to force them do something they did not like. I think oprichik all fucked enough without having to worry about our mobilovs, our mercedovs, and the dead dog head we have to place on the hood of our cars each morning.


The very same nobles, often from the very same aristocratic families. Story oprichnjk below advertisement. And could he take more shots at Putin and the way he feels Russia is going? A scene where the torturers ingest drugs via living fish injected into their veins recalls both Rudy Rucker’s drug Merge and Jeff Noon’s psychedelic feathers in Vurt.

Als Teil des Zeremoniells wird seine Frau vergewaltigt. As with most middle volumes of any trilogy, it’s somewhat protracted and bridgelike. If you have the tolerance and the guts to read something entirely designed to mock and humilate Putin’s governance and Russia’s trend for authoritative regimes, then I’m sure you’ll appreciate the author’s sarcastic oof and his theatrical by purpose characterizations. To understand this book, one needs a little background.

Well, I attempted to read it.

Want to Read saving…. Bookstands are also standardized, oprichnk by His Majesty and approved by the Literary Chamber. Day of the Oprichnik follows a government henchman, an Oprichnik, through a day of grotesque event.

Walsingham during Elisabeth I basically introduced a police state in England. Why was this piece published outside of Russia? Dec 12, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: All throughout this is Komiaga’s relentless patriotism and good faith in their cause, and you find yourself slowly coming to his point of view. House Democrats introduce plan to reopen government. Go ahead with your dystopia and your dark themes, but I should not feel unclean after reading your book.


We follow one Andrei Danilovich Komiaga, one of the senior oprichniks, as he participates in the destruction of a wayward noble’s estate. Nor do they stem from ignorance of the ooprichnik Komiaga is woken by whip cracks and moans — the ringtone on his mobilov — and after he finishes his hangover cocktail and morning prayers, his servant dresses him for the day.

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For instance, lighting a blacklisted nobleman’s house on fire is called bringing in “His Majesty’s red rooster ,” while raping the wife of the disgraced man is ” the way it’s usually done. In the penultimate scene, in which the Oprichniks attach themselves to one another in a hierarchical caterpillar chain thhe anal sex, the book gives way to gratuitous farce.

Ein Soziogramm einer Gesellschaft, die einer brutalen Diktatur unterworfen ist – aber aus der Sicht eines Gewinners.

It approaches the cross-over line into literature. That may be true in some contexts, but Day of the Oprichnikfor all its political concerns, isn’t the fireball of oprichnnik that I was expecting. Jun 08, Katie rated it it was ok.

Day of the Oprichnik is deliciously complex, full of garish science fiction and hallucinogenic fish.