The Blizzard

The Blizzard

eBook - 2015
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"In this short, surreal twist on the classic Russian novel, a doctor travels to a distant village to save its citizens from an epidemic, but a metaphysical snowstorm gets in his way"-- Provided by publisher.
"A dazzling, utterly distinctive saga from Russia's most celebrated-and most controversial-novelist. Vladimir Sorokin is one of Russia's most popular and provocative novelists. In his scabrous dystopian satire Day of the Oprichnik, American readers were introduced to his distinctive style, which combines an edgy avant-garde sensibility with a fondness for the absurd and even the grotesque-all in service of bringing out stinging truths about life in modern-day Russia. In The Blizzard, we are immersed in the atmosphere of a nineteenth-century Russia. 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 all-consuming snowstorm, an impenetrable blizzard that turns a drive that should last only a few hours into a voyage of days and, finally, a journey into eternity. The Blizzard dramatizes a timeless metaphysical predicament. The characters in this nearly postapocalyptic world are constantly in motion and yet somehow trapped and frozen-spending day and night fighting their way through the storm on an expedition filled with extraordinary encounters, dangerous escapades, torturous imaginings, and amorous adventures. Hypnotic, fascinating, and richly descriptive, The Blizzard is a seminal work from one of the most inventive writers working today"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374709396
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (181 pages)
Additional Contributors: Gambrell, Jamey - Translator
Alternative Title: Metelʹ. English

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May 30, 2017

Dr. Garin is on a very important mission to deliver vaccines to the Russian town of Dolgoye in an effort to thwart a zombie outbreak. Due to the recent inclement weather, the only transportation in town to be had is via a sledmobile driven by Crouper, the local bread deliveryman. Though Crouper is hesitant due to heavy snow falling and obscuring the road, the doctor is insistent that they leave immediately. What follows is a fateful journey for both men.

Although the plot is driven by a zombie situation taking place in the periphery, it is the journey itself that is the story here. I was frequently reminded of the 1970s computer game Oregon Trail, had it taken place in a surreal, alternate future.

tritonesub May 06, 2016

This novel is so surprising, so fresh and so fantastic, that I do not want to give anything away. It is probably best read without preconceptions. One thing this book is not: a zombie apocalypse story. Although the synopsis above mentions zombies and a vaccine , it is not about that. If I were to compare it to other books I've read, interestingly it would be to Asian authors like Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's "Madeleine Dreams", Kobo Abe's "The Woman in the Dunes" and Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Buried Giant". Except much much grittier.

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