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Vladimir Sorokin

Vladimir Sorokin

Vladimir Sorokin is a Russian novelist and screenplay writer, known for combining the elements of postmodern fiction with satire. Before perestroika, he had to work underground. Sorokin was first officially published in Paris (1985) with the novel Очередь (The Queue) written in Russian. During the 1980’s, the translations of his novels reached the Western readers: The Queue, The Norm, and Marina’s Thirtieth Love. One of Sorokin’s post-Soviet writings is the Blue Lard (1999), which created tremendous controversy by depicting Stalin and Khrushchev in compromising positions and resulted in pornography charges. The Day of the Oprichnik (2006) is also a clearly political piece, where the setting combines futuristic technology with the oprichnina of Ivan the Terrible’s Russia. On the other hand, the short metaphysical novel The Blizzard (2010), is distinctly literary, with references to Russian classics. For this book, he received the Big Book Award’s second jury prize (2011). Sorokin also won a Andrei Bely Award (2001) for his contributions to Russian literature.

 

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