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- DescriptionOne of the most ambitious and wildly inventive vels to have come out of Russia in years, this short vel embraces the Brehznev years, the USSR's disintegration, and capitalist shock therapy in the post-Soviet blocThe eponymous hero, part of a brood of bored science students, helps concoct a strategy game set in different eras where each ruler of his territory competes in Orwellian permanent war. But the KGB uncovers highly plausible and suspicious military plans and a long penance for each combatant ensues. All too late, Istemi is the first to realize the mysterious and disturbingly prophetic nature of a seemingly incent invention. He is powerless as events long foretold for each unfold, including a hellish tour of duty in Afghanistan, incarceration in an asylum, and mindless bureaucratic drudgery--but what fate awaits Istemi as communist absurdist reality turns into postcapitalism nightmare?
- Author BiographyAlexei Nikitin is an author and the editor of the literary magazine Rearguard. In 2000 he was awarded the Vladimir Korolenko Literary Award for the best Russian prose in Ukraine. He is the author of Mahjong.
- Author(s)Alexei Nikitin
- PublisherPeter Owen Publishers
- Date of Publication01/03/2013
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPeter Owen Publishers
- Weight159 g
- Width127 mm
- Height196 mm
- Spine15 mm
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