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Ice by Vladimir Sorokin


by Vladimir Sorokin

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Series: Ice Trilogy (1)

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Was will uns der Autor damit sagen? ( )
  Wolfseule | Oct 15, 2013 |
Was will uns der Autor damit sagen? ( )
  Wolfseule | Oct 15, 2013 |
Was will uns der Autor damit sagen? ( )
  Wolfseule | Oct 15, 2013 |
A weird, scattered story about ice, or cultists, or the way people turn from the world in search of something else, or all the above. ( )
  palaverofbirds | Mar 29, 2013 |
On the dark side of today’s Moscow, among the prostitutes, the junkies and the thugs, a strange cult is operating. They capture blond and blue eyed people, take them to hidden loacations and strike them brutally in the chest with sledge hammers made of ice, all the while prompting them to speak. Most die, but in some cases the beating wakes the hearts of the victims, speaking it’s true name. When this happens, the survivor is welcomed among the “only living”, and learn of their secret origin.

In the novel’s four parts, we follow this cult’s existence during World War Two, the Stalinist times, the thawing and up to today’s brutal Russian capitalism. A lof of the connecting between the parts is left to the reader, making this an exciting and thought-provoking read. The last part especially, leaves me no peace, as it’s extremely open for interpretation. No more can be said of it without spoilers.

Sorokin is clearly influenced by for instance Bulkagov, and this novel actually reminds me a lot of The Master and Margarita. It has a bit of the same sense of magic and the same broad polyphonic scope. Ice is a harder, darker, novel though, and if you have a hard time with graphic descriptions of violence and sexual abuse, this is probably not for you. If you can stomach some pretty gritty realism though, and are okay with connecting the dots yourself, this is both a deeply original and readable novel that is likely to stay with you for some time. ( )
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Gambrell, JameyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"Moscow has been hit by a wave of brutal murders. The victims are of both sexes, from different backgrounds, and of all ages, but invariably blond and blue-eyed. They are found with their breastbones smashed in, their hearts crushed. There is no sign of any motive." "Drugs, sex, and violence are the currency of daily life in Moscow. Criminal gangs and unscrupulous financial operators run the show. But in the midst of so much squalor one mysterious group is pursuing a long-meditated plan. Blond and blue-eyed, with a strange shared attraction to a chunk of interstellar ice, they are looking for their brothers and sisters, precisely 23,000 of them. Lost among the common herd of humanity, they must be awakened and set free. How? With a crude hammer fashioned out of the cosmic ice. Humans, meat machines, die under its blows. The hearts of the chosen answer by uttering their true names. For the first time they know the ecstasy of true life." "For the awakened, the future, like the past, is simple. It is ice."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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