The Blizzard: A Novel by Vladimir SorokinThe Blizzard: A Novel by Vladimir Sorokin

The Blizzard: A Novel

byVladimir SorokinTranslated byJamey Gambrell

Hardcover | December 1, 2015

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Long-listed for the 2016 PEN Translation Prize
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

A dazzling, utterly distinctive saga from Russia's most celebrated and most controversial novelist

Garin, a district doctor, is desperately trying to reach the village of Dolgoye, where a mysterious epidemic is turning people into zombies. He carries with him a vaccine that will prevent the spread of this terrible disease, but is stymied in his travels by an impenetrable blizzard. A trip that should last no more than a few hours turns into a metaphysical journey, an expedition filled with extraordinary encounters, dangerous escapades, torturous imaginings, and amorous adventures.

Trapped in an existential storm, Vladimir Sorokin's characters fight their way across a landscape that owes as much to Chekhov's Russian countryside as it does to the postapocalyptic terrain of science fiction. Hypnotic, fascinating, and richly drawn, The Blizzard is a seminal work from one of the most inventive authors writing today. Sorokin has created yet another boldly original work, which combines an avant-garde sensibility with a taste for the absurd and the grotesque, all while delivering stinging truths about contemporary life and modern-day Russia.

Vladimir Sorokin is the author of eleven novels, including Day of the Oprichnik (FSG, 2011), Ice Trilogy, and The Queue; thirteen plays, and numerous short stories and screenplays. He wrote the libretto for Leonid Desyatnikov's The Children of Rosenthal, the first opera to be commissioned by the Bolshoi Theater in a quarter century. H...
Title:The Blizzard: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:192 pages, 8.62 × 5.76 × 0.76 inShipping dimensions:8.62 × 5.76 × 0.76 inPublished:December 1, 2015Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374114374

ISBN - 13:9780374114374


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Dark, depressing, and so very very Russian. It's obviously influenced by classic Russian authors like Chekhov.
Date published: 2018-02-06

Editorial Reviews

"Vladimir Sorokin [is] Russia's most inventive contemporary author . . . Knowing when to pick one's battles is the mark of a great translator, and Gambrell is one. Her translation is as elegant, playful and layered as the original - and never appears labored." --Masha Gessen, The New York Times Book Review"Following the dystopian nightmare of Day of the Oprichnik and the epic, genre-bending Ice Trilogy comes The Blizzard, a more accessible but no less imaginative novel encompassing a familiar Russian vista with splashy avant-garde flourishes . . . Jamey Gambrell has translated Sorokin before, but she deserves special mention here for her skillful rendering of the book's many voices . . . The colorful language, whether out-loud repartee or inner thoughts, together with several vibrant daydreams and psychedelic hallucinations, provide a neat contrast to the all-engulfing whiteness of the blizzard . . . Sorokin's storytelling is so mesmeric and so richly inventive that being snow-blinded is half the fun." --Malcolm Forbes, Star Tribune"Vladimir Sorokin, the translatosphere's favorite contemporary Russian novelist, writes about, and with the pitilessness of, his country's unremitting cold . . . The Blizzard . . . is a crazed fantasia on Tolstoy's tale, with all the moralizing ingeniously whited out." --Joshua Cohen, Harper's"Sorokin's torturous sense of citizenship, which has reached a fascinating impasse in his latest novel, The Blizzard, is the key to one of the most transfixing bodies of work in world literature . . . this astonishingly original writer, it seems safe to say, hasn't yet hit the limits of his madcap imagination." --Michael Lapointe, The New Republic"An odyssey through a bizarre, irreverently-conceived world . . . This is a wild quest through both a snowy landscape and the author's imagination." --Heather Scott Partington, Electric Literature"A dangerous and darkly fantastical expedition . . . You'll tear through this one in a thunderous heartbeat." --Melissa Ragsdale, Bustle"Perhaps it's not surprising, given the weather, to find blizzards and snowstorms proliferating throughout Russian literature from Pushkin's magic tales to Vladimir Sorokin's mysterious 2010 novel, The Blizzard . . .The Blizzard is, for all that, an outwardly gentler novel than Day of the Oprichnik; but at its heart it is a chilling vision of Russia's fatally erratic journey." --Phoebe Taplin, Russia Beyond the Headlines