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Underground, of Een held van onze tijd (1998)

by Vladimir Makanin

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"In his novel The Underground, or the Hero of Our Time Makanin places his characters in two interconnected surreal environments: a 'hostel' with endless corridors and a 'lunatic asylum'.... Different 'floors' of Makanin’s structure are peopled by representatives of various social and historical groups, namely: the Soviet functionaries, the 'new Russians', 'persons of Caucasian nationality' (running a kiosk), homeless trumps (in the street). The protagonist, a homeless writer Petrovich, embraces them all -- not in his art, but in his biography. Makanin braces his surreal metaphor with some Biblical allusions: his leading character earns a living as a watchman (keeper) which means that a) he belongs to the generation of 'watchmen and janitors', and b) he is (or isn’t) 'his brother’s keeper' -- Abel and Cain, a murderer and a nurse rolled in one. He hates and kills an informer and a Caucasian, and he loves, pities and cares for a Soviet functionary and a democratically-minded prostitute."
--Natalya Ivanova, "A New Mosaic out of Old Fragments: Soviet History Re-Codified in Modern Russian Prose"
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Vladimir Makaninprimary authorall editionscalculated
Langeveld, ArthurTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marlow, PeterPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wondergem, MijkeCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Сбросил обувь, босой по коврам. Кресло ждет; кто бы из русских читал Хайдеггера, если бы не перевод Бибихина!
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