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The Snail on the Slope

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Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, the most famous and succesful Russian science fiction writers living today are now in disfavor with the Soviet government for the bold,outspoken ideas expressed in this novel. In the West, where they are ranked with Dick, Disch and Ellison, they have won a devoted following with such masterworks as Prisoners of Power, Definitely Maybe, Far Rain...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published August 28th 1989 by Bantam Books (first published 1966)
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Evgeny
First of all I need to mention that this is not similar to better-known Roadside Picnic in any sense. This book is completely dissimilar and it shows a completely new side of masters of science fiction from the Soviet Union.

There are two different and practically independent plot lines. There is a mysterious forest somewhere. One part of the book is spend on Pepper POV who is the guy working in the research institute right outside of the forest with another POV by Kandid who used to be an employ...more
Alex
In wilderness of vast unconquered wood, where nature still prevails
Out of reach, and not controlled by techno style civilization
Lies land with strange, mysterious society of powerful females
Who do not need the help of men and use Parthenogenesis for sexless procreation


1. Memorable 5
2. Social Relevance 5
3. Informative 1
4. Originality 5
5. Thought Provoking 5
6. Expressiveness 5
7. Entertaining 5
8. Visualization 4
9. Sparks Emotion 5
10. Life Changing (Pivotal, crucial, determining, defining, momentou...more
overmindless
After finishing the book it becomes clear why authors considered this story their most perfect and accomplished on. The story is literally pierced with allegories and referenced to the various topics: those are Soviet Union and its bureaucracy, ecology, living against the nature, human will etc.
I believe, and it is pity, that some of the ideas and references were omitted by me due to the lack of clarification and maybe lack of some life experience, the book after all was written in 1968.
Despite...more
Veronika D
This is a book about a forest - an immense, unexplored, unconquered biome that an organization called the Directorate is attempting to penetrate, research, guard, and eradicate simultaneously. The story alternates between the viewpoints of two characters: Pepper, who is obsessed with entering the forest, and Kandid, who is trying to get out of it.

The Directorate is a dystopian organization that gets darker and more surreal as Pepper becomes more and more tangled in its bureaucracy, but never cea...more
Tzeck
Покъртителна!

Не бих посмял да твърдя, че разбрах всичко в нея. Мисля, че ще се наложи препрочитане. Прекрасни метафори има - да. И още по-прекрасното е как те са представени в полуокултна и митично-мистична форма в началото и постепенно и плавно придобиват реални и обясними очертания. Поне тези в Гората. Там всъщност нещата ми станаха по-ясни. В Управлението някои неща ми избягаха и в момента трескаво разсъждавам върху тях. Специално последната глава (може би и предната) от раздела на Перец ник...more
Maciej

Ślimak na zboczu to dziwna książka. Wszyscy bohaterowie sprawiają wrażenie naćpanych, pijanych, lub chorych psychicznie (a na ogół wszystkie te trzy rzeczy na raz), dialogi nie mają sensu, wydarzenia są chaotyczne, a cały świat jest całkowicie irracjonalny.

Najważniejszy jest Las. Dziwny, obcy i zajmujący coraz większą powierzchnię. Jest też Plan. Stworzony przez tych, którzy chcieliby pozbyć się Lasu. Albo go zrozumieć. Albo oswoić. Albo wykorzystać. W sumie nikt nie wie, ale wszyscy pracują na...more
Mutlu Cankay
Pepper ve Kandid, gerçeküstü bir arkaplanda yerlerini arayan iki adam. Orman ve Yönetim arasında bölünmüş ruhlar ve hayatlar, ait olacakları ve huzur bulacakları bir konum ve durum özlemi içindeler. Ancak ikisini de geride tutan onlar dışında güçler mevcut. Birbirleriyle hiç karşılaşmayan bu iki karakterin özlem ve istekleri aynı olmasına rağmen çok farklı koşullardalar...

Orman, doğayı ve Dionysosçu edimleri temsil etmekte. her iki karakter için de bir merak ve özlem nesnesi. İlerleme ve gelişme...more
Natalien
Mar 22, 2011 Natalien rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: yogurt-lovers
Quality philosophical fantasy with a hint of madness.
If you can read through the first half of the book, you'll be surprised and you'll not regret that you stayed and read on the second half.
It toook me 3 months to get through the whole thing and the beginnings were struggle-full, but the few moments of utter imaginary craziness were worth waiting for.
For me, Strugatskys' "The Snail on the Slope" and "Monday begins on Saturday" (novels which I read one in English and the other one in Polish) are...more
Ash
Túto knihu som prvý raz čítal pred vyše dvadsiatimi rokmi. Zdá sa mi teraz ešte lepšia. Vtedy ma viac než Perecove peripetie upútala Mlčochova púť, objavovanie cudzej a nepochopiteľnej civilizácie lesných ľudí i "verných družiek". J. J. Kagarlickij ju vo "Fantastika, utopie, antiutopie" zaškatuľkoval do priečinku "biologický fašizmus". Každopádne byrokratická technokracia Správy lesa jej v spletitosti i totalitárnosti zdatne konkuruje. Napriek tomu sa úplne líšia. Správa reprezentuje mestský pri...more
Anna
The book consists of two plots, Pepper's and Kandid's. While the second one was really interesting, the first one was more annoying. As in most of Strugatsky books, the plot was very tangled, and I found it very difficult to get through. I was even thinking about abandoning reading it, but then I decided I really want to learn what's happens here.
Teb
In the beginning I had no clue about what was going on. After some time I started making analogies, which made the book more enjoyable because I thought I had found out hidden meanings etc. Then I thought there were many ways to analyze the plot... Well. Anyway, well deserved 4 which is actually 4,5. Worth reading.
Corto Maltese
I shelved this one as "science-fiction" for no other reason than that I intend to do so with all books of the Strugatzky-bros. Only it reads more like a Kafka-Novel. A bit lengthy too. I must confess I was a little bit proud of having made it through the whole story (many years ago)fter finishing - hence only 3 stars.
Thegurkenkaiser
ich hab das jetzt kurz vor Schluß aufgegeben. Vermuttlich handelt es sich bei dieser abstrusen aneinanderreihung von abstrusen Dialogen um eine brilliante Parodie der sowjetischen Gesellschaft aber die kenn ich nicht und deshalb versteh ich nur bahnhof. keine Wertung von mir.
Poltoraivana
Brothers Strugatsky are my favourite authors in general, but this very book is something special.
It explores a lot of different themes, from gender roles to ecology, and it does this exploration in a very surrealistic way.
Probably the best book I've ever read.
Nikola Tasev
Very difficult book. As far as I know the first version had more content and made more sense. Most certainly has some deep meaning that eludes me. Good book, but approach with care :)
Paweł
Dziwność. Niewiele zrozumiałem z tej książki, już prawie coś łapałem, ale to było tylko złudzenie. Prawdopodobnie to najlepsza powieść Strugackich, ale niestety zapomniałem dlaczego ;)
Maja
Dec 09, 2013 Maja added it
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zašto, o, zašto ste štedili papir gospodo iz kentaura? gdje druga polovina ovog romana koji je slutio na dobro?! ljuta sam.
POLIPOLIK
Nie wiem, o co chodzi, ale daję 4/5, bo to Strugaccy. A tak serio, to polecam!
Katarzyna
This was the most tiring book to read...
Max Nemtsov
кроссворды в академическом издании? oh please.
Alexey
О женском превосходстве в лесу.
Sergey Shchukin
One of my favorite books of all time
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The brothers Arkady (Russian: Аркадий; August 28, 1925 – October 12, 1991) and Boris (Russian: Борис; April 14, 1933 – November 19, 2012) Strugatsky (Russian: Стругацкий; alternate spellings: Strugatskiy, Strugatski, Strugatskii) were Soviet-Russian science fiction authors who collaborated on their fiction.
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