Start your review of Day of the Oprichnik Write a review Sep 22, Brian rated it really liked it Very good disturbing book depicting a dystopian Russian society in the not too distant future. Characters are rich, the settings are well described and the writing is crisp and poignant. Oct 12, Michael rated it really liked it Recommended to Michael by: Violet Shelves: science-fiction , dystopia , satire , eastern-european-literature , post-modernism , translated-fiction , s , books-to-aquire Welcome to new Russia, where the Russian Empire has been restored back to the draconian codes of Ivan the Terrible. Corporal punishment is back and the monarchy is divided once again, but this is the future, the not so distant future for the Russian empire, or is it?
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Dennoch ist dies ein wichtiges Buch. Es erschreckt uns. T he in-jokes are a substantial part of what Day of the Oprichniks has to offer. There is not much of a plot; and Sorokin deliberately avoids giving his characters any human depth. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.
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Day of the Oprichnik is a day-in-the-life novel of Andrei Danilovich Komiaga, a high-ranking oprichnik, and describes what he does on what is presumably a pretty typical day. There are some shady business deals Komiaga has to take care of, breakfast with Her Highness far after midnight, as the Tsaritsa keeps a Stalinesque night-owl schedule , and a friendly get-together with the Brotherhood, the other oprichniks, which culminates quite literally with a co-joining described quite strikingly as a caterpillar.
More significant, of course, are the geo-political changes, beginning with the restoration of the monarchy. The dominant country and economic power is, however, China. There are also more decadent indulgences, from the straightforward brutality of the gang-rape to some drug-taking and then that caterpillar episode. There are some nice ideas of the changes Russia has undergone and some things that never seem to change There are many points of interest, including the oprichnik-explanation of the Russian condition and current state, increasingly cut off from the rest of the world, withdrawing into itself and trying to escape decadent outside influences , a cocooning in faith, both Orthodox religion and, of course, the monarchist-national ideals.
But from a soothsaying clairvoyant to some of the drug-induced revelry Sorokin packs too much in -- and his style, almost clunkily straightforward, bogs things down further.
Dispiriting -- but not just in the way Sorokin means it to be. Orthofer, 28 November
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We later learn the year is And thanks be to God! Flogging is back, and the Kremlin has been repainted its original white. The Red Troubles are long past.
A Dystopian Tale of Russia’s Future
Dennoch ist dies ein wichtiges Buch. Es erschreckt uns. T he in-jokes are a substantial part of what Day of the Oprichniks has to offer. There is not much of a plot; and Sorokin deliberately avoids giving his characters any human depth.
Day of the Oprichnik
I swear also not to eat or drink with the zemshchina , and not to have anything in common with them. On this I kiss the cross. Known to ride black horses and led by Ivan himself, the group was known to terrorize civilian populations. Due to the lack of taxidermy, the severed and drained heads would only remain frozen for the winter months of the year. To maintain their image, the Oprichnik required a constant supply of fresh heads.