Tor tries to reach the village the obstacles he ncounters as in one of those running nightmares where you can never reach your "Destination And Oh Yes I "And oh yes I to mention that the village people are suffering from the Bolivian plague that turns them into Zombies Not goodimage There s a shortage of gasoline Fortunately genetic bioengineering has done its magic and the sleigh s motor think snowmobile is powered by 50 miniature horses propelling a drive belt under the hood Genetic manipulation has also bred giant and miniature humans The giant people 6 meters tall are hired to do things like clear forests by ripping out trees by hand A tavern owner they Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars encounter on their journey is a miniature man about as tall as a wine bottle married to a normal sized woman We have digital clocks but no phones or internet In the travels of the doctor and his driver they come across a tent city populated by Kazakh people aka Vitaminders The Kazakhsrect their tents in a few minutes by using a substance sueezed out of a tube of toothpaste that they water and then in a few minutes it grows into a felt like substance The Vitaminders make their living selling an LSD type drug The doctor takes advantage of the drug just as he did the tavern owner s wife In his hallucinogenic drugged state the doctor has nightmarish dreams where he reflects on all the bad things he did in his life and tries to justify himself to a village tribunal that has condemned him to a gruesome death I m not a science fiction fan but the book kept my attention with its inventiveness and my wondering Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life exactly what is going on and what s coming next On the other hand I didn t uite get the point of it all Sorokin is a post modern Russian writer he has been writing since the 1980 s and hisarly work had been banned under the old Soviet regime But now he is banging out a book a year and has published about 15 novels since then photo from blogeurekatentcom Read 122015 11165 Stars Highly Recommended The Next Best BookPages 192Publisher FSGReleased December 2015Translated by Jamey GambrellWhat better day to review Vladimir Sorokin s The Blizzard as I sit here on the couch in the midst of our very own blizzard Wrapped up in the relative warmth of a fuzzy blanket hands cupping a mug of spiced tea as the wind whips the ver falling snow back and forth of spiced tea as the wind whips the ver falling snow back and forth my front windows it s Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society easy to take for granted the bone chilling I guess as they say there s a first forverything In this case The Blizzard is the first that I ve ver not appreciatedfeltenjoyed a Russian author Russian and Romanian obviously and in general Eastern European literature molds reflects illuminates and inspires my soul because it is born in a uniue landscape that was also my childhood my source of personal myths and ways of looking at things This nostalgia for childhood is nothing special in my case reading RussianEastern European lit is just how I go back So usually "I love it all sticking to the Russians for now from Solzhenitsyn s "love it all sticking to the Russians for now from Solzhenitsyn s and descriptive analytics to Dostoevsky s masterful psychoanalyses to Bulgakov s absurd whimsical surrealism to Petrushevskaya s heart wrenching portraits of humanity in pain to Tolstoy s romanticism Within all this variety there is a certain Russian nessEastern European ness spirit imbuing all these works Which is what A strange in a good way amalgam of traditional 19th century style Russian literature crossed with post apocalyptic SF A doctor s struggle to deliver a vaccine to a remote village during a blizzard Features tiny and huge horses mind altering drugs and giants What s not to like. Ere Hestene slider ulvene samler sig og vejen deles og forsvinder i snefoget Snart r Garin og hans kusk på vej ind i alle tiders litterære russiske snestorm.
Vladimir Sorokin µ 1 SUMMARYI finished re reading The Blizzard this weekend and when I got to the nd my feeling was one of xalted revelation It felt like a completely different book from the last time Once I m amazed at the way books can mean very different things depending
on who we are when we read themThis time for me The Blizzard was about how what onewho we are when we read themThis time for me The Blizzard was about how what one is important in life turns out to be not important at all It s about how ven our most terrible mistakes in life can reveal themselves
over time to be glorious and meaningful if we ve lived honestime to be glorious and meaningful if we ve lived hones StarsTranslated into English from Russian The Blizzard A Novel is a uirky short story and I loved it The premise of this dystopian story is simple A Dr stranded in a blizzard has the vaccine to prevent people from turning into Zombies Okaysounds interesting I haven t read too many Zombie books but I thought I would give it "A Tryan Sometimes Especially With Fantasy It Is Best To "tryan Sometimes specially with fantasy it is best to a lighter touch Take Vladimir Sorokin s The Blizzard A Novel could very well be set in the 19th century xcept for a cellphone at one point and a mention that Stalin happened a long time agoThe story has a dramatic start Platon Ilich Garin is a physician traveling during a major blizzard with vaccinations against the Bolivian Black Plague which has broken out in nearby Dolgoye He needs horses to take him there aren t there cars and finds the only local who can help him is Crouper who has miniature horses and a special sled that could could get to DolgoyeGarin s journey is fraught with strange disasters and opportunities He is seduced by the miller s wife at one overnight stop The miller himself is a midget no bigger than a doll We hear that there are in addition to miniature horses and people giant horses and giant humans over twenty feet tall Then there are the Vitaminers sort of like gypsies who sell strange productsin the form of spheres cubes and pyramids which when heated give the taker strange delusions In Garin s case he is being boiled slowly in oil Instead of being disappointed by his drug trip Garin is xhilarated I mean really who wouldn t like to be slowly boiled in oil They continue on their trip until a final mishap occurs within a few miles from their goalThis is the third Sorokin novel I have read after Ice and Day of the Oprichnik I find myself unable to put his books down I always want to find out what s next With Sorokin whatever it is it s bound to be strange The Blizzard is thoroughly stylized to the Russian classical fiction of the nineteenth century with an New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood exception of the one little twist And this little twist is a grand shift in reality Now the lot of ye we gonna go for a drive Crouper asked his horses and they neighedven louderThe younger ones reared and bucked the shaft horses and the steppe hors I received a copy of this from the publisher through EdelweissThis is my first read of Sorokin although I ve had Day of the Oprichnik marked to read for a while He is a living Russian author but the setting for Blizzard is 19th century Russia so it feels like going back to the time of Tolstoy Except there is a town suffering from a virus that turns them into zombies and the doctor has the vaccine they need The blizzard and other bizarre Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey events are working against his attempts to get to themThere are a few other random future tech things like the vitaminders and zoogenesis and teeny tiny horses Brr Whenever I review of foreign language work of speculative fiction I find myself including a statement reflecting my certainty that readers of the work in its original language Russian Spanish Estonian whatever have. Oversat af Tine RoesenIn nedfrosset fremtidig verden haster lægen Garin af sted i kane for at redde sine landsmænd fra n udenlandsk pest Mørket falder p?. A fuller xperience of its subtleties humor and imagery than I That statement usually comes towards the ЯED end of the review but with Vladimir Sorokin s The Blizzard I have decided to put it up front I feel certain that his Russian readers have a well as I saidIt helps to learn that Russian readers by the time reach adulthood have received a steady diet of lost in the snow narratives The motif appears in fiction verse and folklore and the stories almost alwaysnd poorly for their protagonists The Blizzard opens with Dr Garin who is desperate to find transportation for himself and his serum to the plague struck village of Delgoye learning that snow has shut down the railway It s a set up that will prompt Russian readers to think Here we go again The forested rural setting seems nineteenth century and the frantic Dr Garin with his pince nez and mustache steps out of a Chekov story That atmosphere continues when Dr Garin learns that Crouper the peasant who handles local bread deliveries may have horses and a sleigh
He approaches the who does indeed have horse He has fifty of them This is a reasonable number since they are the size of partridges and they propel his sleigh by running inside a drum The doctor convinces Crouper to undertake the journey which in normal circumstances would take only a few hours The village will be saved from what we learn about this time is an outbreak of zombies caused by a virus brought back from Columbia The dead are tunneling through the village breaking into homes and infecting the living Dr Garin does not approve of foreign travelSorokin is one of the most popular contemporary novelists in Russia His work mploys fantastic lements in narratives that range from traditional science fiction to the sort of weird nvironment he builds in The Blizzard It is never clear if he has set this tale in an alternate nineteenth century or some future that has devolved into a combination of new technology crippled by a collapsed infrastructure Thanks to another review I learned that there are internal clues that place the story in our own present day One development running throughout the story is the twin phenomena of biological miniaturization and gigantism Crouper s tiny horses are distantly related to horses the size of small apartment blocks These are used to haul trains that no longer have a power source On their journey Garin and Crouper take refuge in the home of a miller the size of a samovar Garin has a sexual ncounter with his full sized and delectable wife One of the men s many road accidents occurs when a runner of their sleigh crashes into and breaks off in the nostril of a dead giant The details of all this are Moreno enjoyable andxpertly drawn ven if their import remains vague Dr Garin becomes increasingly unsympathetic his humanitarian zeal a cover for his temper condescension and poor impulse control My sympathies all went to Crouper and his tender concern for his hard working horses You don t have to be Russian to "guess that this trip into the snow will nd badly But again I find myself wondering if a Russian "that this trip into the snow will A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author end badly But again I find myself wondering if a Russian finds all this than a mildlyntertaining curiosity A story translated from the Russian that is part magical realism and part science fiction a blend of old Russia and a post apocalyptic futuristic Russia Almost all of the action takes place in a Dr Zhivago type sleigh ride in a blinding week long blizzard across the frozen Russian landscape A doctor carrying vaccine has hired a sled driver to get him to a remote village where the people have been struck by a plague The harder the doc. ? månen lader sig ane i glimt og kulden bider Intet må forsinke ham I møllen venter den fede varme møllerkone og ude på den åbne steppe frister narkopush.Available He Approaches The