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A School for Fools

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Hailed by Nabakov as a masterpiece, Sokolov's first novel is set at a school for "disturbed" children outside Moscow.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Four Walls Eight Windows (first published 1976)
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Ozonda
I believe that there is a special window of time for everyone when one can read this book and love it. You should be in a special mood. Sad and beautiful. For me it happened 5 years ago and never since.
Zane Bērzleja
Saša Sokolovs
“Muļķu skola”

Autors Saša Sokolvs, krievu rakstnieks, dzimis 1943. gadā, Kanādā. Zināms kā valodu burvis un stilists, kas aizrauj amaranths vārdu spēlēs. Pats savu rakstniecības stilu sauc par “poēziju” - prozas un poēzijas apvienojums. Grāmatu “Muļķu skola” sarakstīja 1976. gadā. Grāmata ieguva kritiķu atzinību un vēljoprojām ir lasītāju iecienīta lasāmviela.
Rakstnieks ar šo grāmatu mūs iepazīstina ar zēnu, kurš mācās “specskolā”. Viņš uztver pasauli savādāk kā citi, saskata lietas...more
Gints Romanovskis
Mana galvenā kļūda bija lasīt šo nekrieviski. Kad grāmatas beigās saproti, ka vārdu spēle citās valodās vienkārši nestrādā personvārdu došanas tradīcijas dēļ, tad ir jā. Žēl.

Bet vispār, traģiski, skaisti, haotiski bet sakarīgi. Galvenā vēstījuma virzība nav saistīta ar laiku nekādā mērā, tā ir tiešā veidā pakļauta kognitīvajiem lēcieniem. Un tādēļ to ir grūti lasīt, bet viegli lasīt. Šai grāmatā regulāri ir mirkļi, kur es kā lasītājs domāju "tas ir nebūtiski un ļoti svarīgi". Piemēram, kad stāst...more
Amanda
This ethereal, mystical view of provincial Russia through the eyes of a mentally handicapped young man is one of the most fascinating works of fiction I've ever encountered. You can wade for days through the tangled web of symbols and signs, and the Russian version is daunting but deeply satisfying. The word play sometimes, but not always, makes it into the translation, but the feeling of inhabiting another persons deepest inner workings definitely comes though in both.
Elīna
Definately a favorite, a truly original piece of fiction; Sokolov's story about a schizophrenic little boy is both humorous and profoundly sad; a must-read
Laura Wetsel
If every book is a drug (the pharmakon!) then this one is fast-acting, long-lasting, and produces unpredictable reactions. Highly addictive.
Bookaholic
Am luat romanul lui Saşa Sokolov crezând că voi citi o satiră şi am dat peste una dintre cele mai sensibile mărturii din perspectiva unui elev înscris la şcoala specială, Şcoala pentru proşti, ai cărei elevei nu vor deveni niciodată ingineri.


Elevul Cutare fantazează, de la cărţile citite una după alta pe iarbă, în grădina tatălui său, i se trage. E incapabil să-şi ducă temele până la capăt, uită şi se pierde în poveştile sale. Are o mamă răbdătoare, un tată procuror care-l pune să copieze ce scr...more
fagocitiruyu
За что я люблю постмодернистов, так это за то, что они заполняют мою голову мыслями. Их бывает очень нелегко вызвать самостоятельно. В беседах с собой как-то не очень-то интересно - полярные точки зрения в конечном итоге все равно сходятся в одну - в твою собственную.
А во-вторых, они хороши тем, что это большая гиперссылка (на то он и постмодерн). Сюрреалистические произведения как "Школа дураков" отсылают меня по двум направлениям - в самих себя и в критику. Да, я ковыряюсь в критике, потому ч...more
Denise
Sep 22, 2013 Denise added it
This book was profoundly disturbing.
I abandoned it once and then I picked it up again. I still didn't manage to finish it and I still am highly ambivalent about it. There were times when I had to force myself into reading and there were times when I couldn't put the book down. I'm not sure if there was any point to the plot of the book (if one existed at all) or it was just like a point of view display, but I think I caught the overall feeling and some splinters of story here and there, some hum...more
Ramona
Mă așteptam să fie romanul descris de cei de la The Guardian: ”Splendidă, nebunesc de irațională și perfect logică, asemenea unui vis. O reprezentație pe care o trăiți stând în fotoliu și o puteți înțelege doar cu inima”, dar s-a dovedit un roman tipic rusesc, în care degeaba spune autorul la începutul cărții că pune accentul pe limbaj, jocuri de cuvinte și fantezia textului căci:
- textul este execrabil (cel puțin din punctul meu de vedere, chiar dacă totuși poate am folosit un cuvânt prea dur),...more
Février
This book can't possibly be real.
Alexey
Jan 16, 2012 Alexey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Всяким не боящимся трудностей головастикам
На Школе попеременно скучал и изумлялся; Собака привораживала, встряхивала, отбивала и снова выбрасывала. Не сказал бы, что чтение было приятным, и не хочу совершать каких-либо утилитарных маневров, лучше ничего не буду говорить, кроме того, что во время чтения всё время не мог не думать, что перевести такие произведения с русского не хватит никаких небесных сил.
Andrew
I love books like this; I wish I could write books like this. It stands on wordplay alone. There's a rather beautiful story as well, if you take one critic's advice and don't get too caught up in the maundering details.

Very, very highly recommended. красивый
Adelina
Хубавото в тази книга са няколкото човешки истории във втората част. Останалото са преплитащи се спомени, асоциации, съновидения... Объркващо за четене...
Ruth
It's from the point of view of a kid with multiple personalities. It's poetic and kind of circular, pleasant but not life-altering.
Dundar
funny, absurdity, poignant, .....silenceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Syroezhka
one of my most favorite books. in russian it reads like music
Denis
Jan 05, 2014 Denis rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Amazing, extraordinary, flowing like a river languge.
Anna Grohoļska
Haotiskākā grāmata manā mūžā.
Juliane
So very magnificent!
Albena
много уау
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