By Vladimir Sorokin, Jamey Gambrell
One of The Telegraph's most sensible Fiction Books 2011
Moscow, 2028. A scream, a moan, and a demise rattle slowly pull Andrei Danilovich Komiaga out of his drunken stupor. yet wait―that's simply his ring tone. So starts off one other day within the lifetime of an oprichnik, one of many czar's such a lot relied on courtiers―and one of many country's so much feared men.
In this new New Russia, the place futuristic expertise and the draconian codes of Ivan the bad are in ideal synergy, Komiaga will attend extravagant events, partake in brutal executions, and eat an arsenal of substances. he'll rape and pillage, and he'll be moved to tears through the sweetly sung songs of his homeland.
Vladimir Sorokin has imagined a close to destiny either too annoying to consider and too reasonable to push aside. yet like several of his most sensible paintings, Sorokin's new novel explodes with invention and darkish humor. A startling, relentless portrait of a bothered and troubling empire, Day of the Oprichnik is instantaneously a richly imagined imaginative and prescient of the long run and a razor-sharp analysis of a rustic in crisis.