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"Улитка на склоне" - самое странное, самое неоднозначное произведение в богатом творческом наследии братьев Стругацких. Произведение, в котором собственно фантастика, "магический реализм" и даже некоторые оттенки психоделики переплетены в удивительно талантливое оригинальное единое целое.

Повесть резко делится на две части, мало соотносящимися друг с другом, но показывающим
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Paperback, 143 pages
Published August 28th 1989 by Bantam Books (first published 1972)
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Evgeny
Jan 03, 2014 Evgeny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
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
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Ivan Lutz
Jan 25, 2016 Ivan Lutz rated it did not like it
Pročitao sam gotovo sve prevedeno od braće Strugacky i još ponešto prevedeno na engleski kao Final circle... No, najviše sam zbunjen ostao nakon Puža na padini ili strmini ( Srp. prij. Puž golać na urvini). Stvarno pažljivo čitam i mislim za sebe da imam nešto u glavi, ali ja ovo nisam kurca, ponavljam, kurca razumio! Da stvar bude još luđa, prvo sam čitao Kentaurovo izdanje gdje nedostaje cijeli jedan dio knjige !!??? Onda sam dobio od tate onaj komplet od Narodne knjige i ponovno pročitao Puža ...more
Jaan
May 11, 2014 Jaan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ulme
Absurd mulle üldiselt meeldib ja selle teose lugemisel oli iga järgneva peatükiga üha rohkem tunne, et jälgin kellegi (õudus)unenägu. Nii et see pani pidevalt raamatu järele haarama, et taas uus peatükk või paar läbi lugeda. Samuti sai iga peatükiga üha selgemaks, et samas vaimus lasevad Strugatskid lõpuni välja ja ilmselt tuleb ka lõpplahendus veidi ebtavaline ja mitte just must-valge. Nii ka läks ja tervikule pani see sobivama punkti, kui ükski "ja nad elasid elu lõpuni päikesepaistes ja sõid ...more
Tzeck
Sep 03, 2011 Tzeck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Insener Garin
See oli tõesti tore üllatus, et Tigu täismahus maakeelsena ilmus. Olin kogu aeg kahelnud, et kas keegi võtab selle väljaandmise ette, kui pool raamatut on meil juba olemas. Huvitav oli kõrvutada vana ja uut tõlget Valitsuse osale, minu meelest väga head tõlked mõlemad.
Valitsuse ja Metsa põimik moodustas tõesti täiesti uue sünergia, mida poolikut Tigu lugedes ei tekkinud. Lausa ekstraklassi lugemisvara...mis oli aktuaaalne N.Liidus, on aktuaalne meie E.Liidus ning kindlasti saab olema aktuaalne k
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Alex
Jul 21, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing
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
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Kenny
Dec 28, 2015 Kenny rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Eh... I don't know what to really say about this one.
I get that it's trying to make an analogy of insane bureaucracy in soviet Russia, but I just don't find the story or writing that compelling.

The two main characters, Pepper and Kandid, are on the two sides of this eternal struggle - one in the insanely bureaucratic Forest Directorate which seems to have something to do with the nearby alien forest (clearing, studying, destroying, keeping guard of, invading, all of the above?) and the other one
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overmindless
Jan 13, 2014 overmindless rated it liked it
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
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Reidar
Dec 09, 2014 Reidar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eesti-tõlked
Mis seal salata, tundsin mõneti perversset rahuldust neist absurdsetest süsteemimutrikeste igapäevaelu kirjeldustest. Ehk isegi sellisel määral, et Peretsi (Piprakese) jaburad seiklused ja “Valitsuse” teema kaootilisus ei jäänud lugedes prevalveerima. Ilmselt võisid paljud ette aimata, mis postile Perets lõppeks maandub ja kui poleks olnud vahelduvate peatükkidena “Metsa” lugu, oleks kogu rapsimine sootuks segaseks jäänud. Ma pole küll teab mis kaua tolles “õndsas” ühiskonnas elanud, kuid mingi ...more
David Merrill
Oct 17, 2014 David Merrill rated it it was amazing
This review will be a bit fun. I wrote it for a Soviet Russia history class in August 1983. I'm happy to say my writing has improved a great deal since then. I transposed it to my laptop computer from the original manual typewritten pages. There were a lot of errors in it, but I've left it mostly uncorrected. There are spoilers, so you may want to skip it. Join me and step into my time machine...

The Snail on the Slope is the best novel I have read in years, possibly ever. I didn’t come to that c
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Veronika D
Jun 11, 2009 Veronika D rated it it was amazing
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
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J.j. Metsavana
Dec 12, 2013 J.j. Metsavana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On mingi hiigelsuur vaenulik ja tulnuklik mets, selle äärel on inimkoloonia, mis täidab igasuguseid mõttetuna näivaid ülesandeid ja rapsib tühja. Kuskil koloonia serval on veel mingine väljak täis kaste mõistusega masinatega, kes arutlevad inimeste üle. Selle kõige keskel siis peategelane, kes tahaks kõigest sellest eemale ja minema põgeneda aga nagu kiuste veab tal alati viltu ja põgenemine ei taha kuidagi õnnestuda.

Ei saanud kirgastust sellest lugemisest. Justkui mingi visandlik episoodiline p
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Silvia
May 28, 2014 Silvia rated it it was amazing
I have not read many books by the Strugatsky brothers, so it was a bit difficult for me to kickstart this one. But once all disbelief was suspended, what I found was a clever, profound and interesting view on the world, on people and progress, on society and on different ways to interact with it. It is, for me, a very actual book and a true jewel everyone needs to read. Give it a shot, even though the first pages are a bit tough for you.
Ivan Bogdanov
Aug 02, 2015 Ivan Bogdanov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Козина по човката!
Това ми е любимата книга на братята, а наскоро с радост разбрах, че и на тях им е била най-любимата.
Книгата е такава жестока сатира на тоталитарната система, че преди 10-ти беше издадена само малка част от нея - тази за Кандид, а тази за Перец се появи чак през 1996г.
Книгата може и да е неразбираема за тези, които не помнят този строй. Братята са писали в тежък езоповски стил, завъртайки нещата отвъд границата на абсурда. Веселият вариант на тази книга е "Приказка за тройката",
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Ангѣлъ
Много яко започна. Персонажите са уникално добри, но мноооого бавно действие бе, мааму стара, чак да те хване скомина


Първа глава (откъс)

От тази височина гората е като разкошна петниста пяна; като огромна колкото света пореста гъба; като животно притаило се в очакване, а след това заспало и обрасло с груб мъх. Като безформена маска, скрила лице, което никой никога не е виждал.

Перец остави сандалите и седна, провесвайки над пропастта боси нозе. Стори му се, че петите веднага овлажняха, като че ли
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Ondrej Lomsky
Tato kniha byl můj první kontakt s bratry Strugackými. Ze svého pohledu bych ji označil za kombinaci vědeckofantastické literatury a sociopsychologické sondy do soudobé, zejména ruské, společnosti. Čte se to dobře po technické stránce, obsahová stránka je už komplikovanější a nedá se říct, že bych byl schopný knihu přečíst na jeden zátah.
Co se děje týče, kniha sleduje dvě linie. Perece, který žije v nesmyslně byrokratickém světě Správy, která má na starosti Les. Jeho příběh popisuje neskutečné a
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Jakub Věžník
May 14, 2016 Jakub Věžník rated it it was ok
So was this allegory for communism and idiotic bureaucracy? Perhaps. The first half reminds me of absurd drama (I don't like absurd drama). And even though the criticism is still on point in many countries (doing paperwork for the sake of doing paperwork) that doesn't make it a good story. There are some interesting passages, but the stuff in between them is a slog to get through. The whole premise of the book is sort of boring if you think about it. One of the heroes wants to just leave the sta ...more
Maja
Dec 09, 2013 Maja added it
Shelves: science-fiction
zašto, o, zašto ste štedili papir gospodo iz kentaura? gdje druga polovina ovog romana koji je slutio na dobro?! ljuta sam.
Andy
May 29, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
An absurd sci-fi novel from Russia filled with allegories about the bureaucracy of the Soviet Union. The authors obviously had many disagreements with their society at the time and I suppose spoke out in this way against their government. And this is the point they were making with this novel, to not live in blissful denial or ignorance of where you reside.

The novel follows two protagonists and we jump back and forth between their stories in different chapters.

The story of Pepper unfolds at a st
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Maciej
Jul 29, 2012 Maciej rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Elena
Apr 23, 2015 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Здесь всё, как я люблю. Лёгкое безумство, жалкие людишки, непонятные события и удивительный, странный, до неприличия желанный и безразличный ко всему Лес. И конечно, я бы всё, всё сделала не так, как ГГ. Который из них? Первый. На месте второго я вообще не могу себя представить. На его месте мне страшно. Страшно из-за его неспособности рассуждать. Что это - влияние Леса на человека? Надо срочно читать бета-версию этой повести. "Беспокойство". Может там будет раскрыто больше лесных секретов.
Маx Nestelieiev
по традиции читаю Стругацких в поезде.
восхитительная книга. интересно, как у них всегда новаторская форма и безупречное содержание. мастерски держат интригу. от книги странное ощущение - как в параллельной реальности - всё понятно, но жутко. общее во всех книгах - герой "свой среди чужих, чужой среди своих" - лишний человек, который живёт в непонятном мире и хочет уйти, но понимает, что идти некуда.
Visgean Skeloru
Feb 27, 2016 Visgean Skeloru rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The authors choose to illustrate this story by following two outsiders living in the systems that they don't understand, bureaucracy vs. forest. I think that they really manage to show how both of these systems are absurd and ineffective at its core and how they fail to communicate with its participants. Its somehow similar to Doomed city and Monday Begins on Saturday.
Natalien
Mar 22, 2011 Natalien rated it liked it
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
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Andres Luberg
Ma ei saa vist aru aga see teos on ikka täielik sürr, möga, mõttetu pläma. Igatahes ei jätkunud mul tahtejõudu ning ka aega ei raatsinud raisata, et seda paska lõpuni lugeda.
Andrew
Feb 14, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
one of the most atmospheric books i've read - its strange atmosphere, its unusual organic inventiveness, dreamy quirky unconsequential plot... i adore all of them
Komrade
May 06, 2016 Komrade added it
Shelves: 2016
Serbocroatian readers: Stay away from the Kentaur-published edition! Half the book is missing, which I have realized only after I have completed the book.
pax
I really wanted to like this one - but I've seen it done so much better. Still, some stars for the fact that it is a book written in 1965 - really early for such an experimental sf work, especially with such a focus (which unfortunately does not work ...) on gender dynamics.
Ash
Jul 12, 2013 Ash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Helen
Mar 12, 2015 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Paljud küsimused jäid minu jaoks vastuseta. Muidu mulle absurd ja ulme meeldivad.
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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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