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Russland 2027. Das Land hat sich vom Westen abgeschottet und wird von einem Alleinherrscher regiert, der seine Macht mithilfe der Opritschniki, der »Auserwählten«, ausübt: eine allmächtige Leibgarde, die vor nichts zurückschreckt. Zu dieser brutalen und korrupten Elite gehört auch Andrej, der all jene in Schach hält, die dem geliebten Diktator missfallen.

Vladimir Sorokin,
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Paperback, 221 pages
Published 2009 by Heyne Hardcore (first published January 1st 2006)
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Hadrian
Day of the Oprichnik is heavy and blunt, like the oak clubs of the secret police.

So this is a 'day in the life' story of a secret policeman ('oprichnik') in some future authoritarian dystopic Russia, which combines all of the features of the past authoritarian dystopias of Russia. A little bit of the Soviet secret police apparatus, a little bit of Ivan the Terrible's religious ritual and sanctioned brutality, and a lot of Vladimir Putin's autocratic dystopia which praises God, Mammon, and the Ts
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Chad Post
This book grew on me. It's not as satirically funny as I expected, but it's pretty intriguing in a sort of sci-fi-define-a-corrupt-world way. Especially like the bits about Russian literature. Writing a real review for Three Percent and starting The Ice Trilogy as soon as I can. (I just saw a performance of Ice--the second book in the trilogy--in NY and was reminded how creepy/intriguing that book really is. I think it was underrated when it came out . . . or it might take the whole trilogy to p ...more
Michael
Welcome to new Russia, where the Russian Empire has been restored back to the draconian codes of Ivan the Terrible. Corporal punishment is back and the monarchy is divided once again, but this is the future, the not so distant future for the Russian empire, or is it? Day of the Oprichnik follows a government henchman, an Oprichnik, through a day of grotesque event.

Day of the Oprichnik is a thought provoking Science Fiction novel of the worst possible Russia imagined. But while the book is dark,
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H R Koelling
Ummmm, well... I just finished this book, but I'm not really sure what the heck I read. It's supposed to be funny, but I don't possess the erudition nor am I privy to the esoterica of Russian life to fully appreciate the humor. That said, this book contained several passages of magical realism that reminds me of Gogol, but I just didn't understand what was going on for most of the book. Still, I thought it was an OK novel, but I can't pinpoint why, other than it seems like it had a decent plot a ...more
Olga Tikhonova
Sep 04, 2014 Olga Tikhonova rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: тем, кто не носит розовые очки
«Идея опричнины до сих пор жива в России. Все наши силовые ведомства считали себя опричниками. Чем отличается Россия от Запада? Немец или француз скажут: государство – это я. А русский скажет: государство – это они, власть. Россия по-прежнему закрыта, беспощадна и непредсказуема по отношению к своему народу»
Владимир Сорокин

«День опричника» — эта книга ровно о том, что в названии. Один день из жизни опричника, человека государева, Андрея Комяги. Его кумир — Малюта Скуратов, его религия — единстве
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zxvasdf
Andrei Danilovich Komiaga awakes to be attended to by servants who bathe, clothe, and feed him. He then goes outside to approve the severed dogs head to be placed on the hood of his bright red Mercedov before heading to meet the Oprichnina. They begin their day by brutally murdering a traitorous nobleman and take turns raping his wife.

The Oprichnina is the Tsar's shock troopers, his most trusted soldiers to handle certain businesses requiring delicate brutality. This book is just a day in Komiag
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Jim
To understand this book, one needs a little background. The oprichniks were a semi-monastic brotherhood that acted as enforcers for Tsar Ivan the Terrible. What Vladimir Sorokin does in Day of the Oprichnik is to move the institution into the near future in a post-Putin society in which the West has been walled off and the Chinese are moving into Russian society.

Sorokin is an excellent writer, though I recommend you read this Wikipedia entry before reading the novel.

The oprichniks of the futu
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Judyta Szaciłło
The quotes on the cover describe this book as witty and scurrilous, humorous and amusing. It is undoubtedly witty, although many cultural references may seem obscure to a reader not familiar with Russian culture and/or literature. It is scurrilous to the point of being vulgar and obscene, but the vulgarity and obscenity are artless to the point of seeming innocent. I probably could have found this book amusing half a year ago, but I've seen too much since and today I find it mainly frightening.

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Dree
Really 2.5 stars for me, but I will give it 3 since I think I missed a lot in this book due to my lack of knowledge of Russian history.

In the near future (2050? 2100? 2200?) New Rus has walled itself off from the west to protect its Russian Orthodox-ness (true Christianity). His Majesty has reinstated the Oprichniks (originally from the time of Ivan the Terrible). In this novel we follow Komiaga, an Oprichnik, through his day--murder, rape, approvals of stage shows, visiting Praskovia the clairv
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Tuck
dystopian knee slapper of future (or is it?) Rus. It's what happens when capitalism and the market's hand (diamond encrusted and bloody) has free reign. Oh, along with holier-than-thou religion. Told in the classic sardonic tone of all good eastern bloc funny smart people. spoiler: the bath scene is worth reading this book to the end.
Margarita
Although this book is not devoid of a certain humorous slant of the events in Russian history and the current Russian reality, by and large, it is in my opinion, второразрядная порнуха...
Rebecka
I love most things about this book: the Muscovy-Asian totalitarian futuristic Russia, the creative use of language, the absurdities... Sorokin manages to create a very credible atmosphere in a mere 150 or so pages, which is great. However, the book is so creatively written that it's difficult to read in Russian. Sorokin uses lots of old-fashioned church slavonicism in his Russian, which I love, and which are just fun (and which are definitely lost in translation), but he also uses somewhat non-s ...more
Krystle
Wherever I first heard about this book (I forget where) described it as being a modern Russian 1984.
And while I understand the comparison on a broad level, the tone of this is so bizarre that it's difficult to take seriously.

I knew I was in store for something special early on when Komiaga was raping the nobleman's wife and the reader is treated to such narration gems as "launch my bald ferret right into her womb" and "how faaar to the sugary caaaantering cuuuuuunnnnnntttt!".
Magic. Pure magic.

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Dara Salley
The first book I read by Vladimir Sorokin was by accident. I was looking for “Day of the Oprichnik” at the library and I picked up “The Ice Trilogy” by mistake. When I got home and realized my error I decided to read “The Ice Trilogy” anyway, despite the fact that it was 700 pages long. It was a good decision because I loved that novel. Reading it was like being on an insane roller coaster ride, I had no idea what would come next, whether I would plunge down a drop or flip upside down. Now, thou ...more
Gabriel
La palabra y la acción. Es el lema, la divisa de estos sanguinarios servidores del zar de la Nueva Rusia, La Rusia de la tercera década del siglo XXI. Los opríchnik son el martillo del Soberano, apagan los fuegos de la sedición, cortan las cabezas de los revolucionarios y alcahuetean a la disoluta y nictófila zarina. Gozan de todas las prebendas que su posición, su corrupción y su doble moral les permiten.

Vladimir Sorokin nos ofrece un tour, un día en la vida de Andrey Danílovich Komyaga. Suena
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Bjorn
It's 2027, and things are finally right in Mother Russia. The Soviet years and the messy capitalist confusion that followed are long over, the decadent junkie cyberpunks in the West have been shut out with a huge wall, the Czar is back in the Kremlin, the sacred Russian church is in charge of moral, and the not-so-secret secret police keep everyone in check. Finally, everyone can sit back and be Russian - that is work hard, pray, eat black bread, and try not to notice that the Chinese are making ...more
Marthe Bijman
Jan 07, 2014 Marthe Bijman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of post-modern Russian literature
Day of the Oprichnik gave me nightmares – literally. The cover shows a bear, with a dagger and a watch – the Russian brown bear being a popular symbol of the pre-Soviet and current Russian Republic. The dagger is a foretaste of things to come in the novel.

The watch indicates that this is a day and a night in the life of one oprichnik (Russian: опри́чник, IPA: [ɐˈprʲit͡ɕnʲɪk], meaning ‘man aside'. Oprichnik refers to a member of the organisation known as the known as the Oprichnina (1565-1572) an
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Tom
I guess this is supposed to have been funny, but it was mostly tedious, mostly a chore to get through, with the ostensibly funny parts being either kind of obvious one-note shallow satire (ie- someone curses while yelling at someone else for cursing), or totally reliant on eliciting visceral reactions. Some reviewers called it "provocative" or "challenging" but I didn't particularly get that. I mean-- okay, so satire is supposed to be revealing in some way, right? Using humor to nudge readers in ...more
Lucardus
Diese im Kern sehr düstere Dystopie, die sich kräftig in der russischen Historie bedient, trifft bei mir nicht den empfindlichen Nerv, der Betroffenheit auslöst. Der plappernde Erzählton ist mir schon von Lukjanenko vertraut (typisch für moderne russiche Autoren?) und sagt mir nicht sonderlich zu. Eher Satire als Schocker bleibt der Roman ingesamt inhaltlich zu "blutleer", um eine größere emotionale Wirkung beim Leser hervorzurufen, häufig wirken die Szenen zu eindeutig auf provokant gebürstet. ...more
Skardas
Писатель стоял одной ногой в темном прошлом, другой – в светлом будущем, а между ног у него было суровое настоящее.
Deborah Cater
Sorokin is not a fan of Putin and I am quite certain that there is much in this novel with which Putin would be less than happy with. After a bearded woman (transvestite Conchita Wurst) won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Putin was quoted as saying that Wurst could live the life she wanted, but that there should be more traditional values in life. Putin is certainly not tolerant or accepting of homosexuals, having caused the wrath of those more liberal than himself with his stance on the subje ...more
Giuseppe
Non c'é niente da fare. I russi, nella narrativa, hanno sempre avuto una marcia in piú. Anche quando si parla di modernismo e soprattutto di postmodernismo. Ai prolissi, autoreferenziali e splendidamente superflui postmoderni americani (fatto salvo Pynchon che devo approfondire) preferisco i loro equivalenti russi (Erofeev, Sorokin, Pelevin). Sará che l'iperrealismo postmoderno non scade mai nell'ipernoia, ma soprattutto che, nella scrittura multilayered, gli strati si aggomitolano tra di loro m ...more
Patrick Mcfate
There is a unnecessary rape scene in this book in chapter II; otherwise, I kind of thought this book was thought-provoking. It might be of interest to readers of Vonnegut or Huxley, although I think my own perception of what was being said in this book was enhanced by what I know (even though that's limited) about Russian history, politics, and religion. A reader who opens this book with no interest in those topics will find it tedious and indecipherable.
Twodogs333
This was the Russian contender for the World Cup of Literature. There were things I liked about it and things I REALLY didn't like about it. So, what I liked--I am really interested in Russian history and this was an interesting take on what Russia would be like in a tsarist regime, but in the future, that was intriguing. Though this was a translation, you could tell the author, Sorokin, has a skill at writing. For what I didn't like, There were a few drug-induced dream sequences that were just ...more
Nicole
Wow. Just.... Wow. I had the same reaction to reading this as I did to watching The Human Centipede: morbid curiosity mixed with the simultaneous need to wash my brain and rid it from what it just witnessed, and pleasure at just how perverse it was. Whatthefuckery abounds! DO NOT read this if you're at all queasy or adverse to a little Bacchanalian debauchery. (Now you want to read it even more don't you!)

Not being overly familiar with Russian history I felt some of the satire may have gone ove
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Paul Coyne
I picked this book because I could not find any good books at the Chatham Library, and if I stayed any longer my mom would be worried. I picked this book largely due to the cool bear on the cover. About 5 pages in I was a bit confused with the setting, plot, and details. The setting was Russia in the future like 20 or so years, and the plot was about the life of an Oprichinik. I decided to stick with it because I ditched the last book I was reading. This book took me a while because of its pure ...more
Evan
All I'm going to say at this point is that this goes on my shelf next to Warfare in the Enemy's Rear. Now THIS is dystopian fiction!
TarasProkopyuk
«День опричника» весьма актуальная книга на сегодняшний день для русского человека.

В свете последней событий и вообще политики Путина за последнее десятилетие на страницах книги можно увидеть ужасающее будущее прекрасной великой страны таких писателей как Толстого, Достоевского, Чехова, Гончарова, Тургенева, Пастернака и целой плеяды других великих писателей.

Будет очень жаль, если это зло победит и чудесную страну сделают очередной Северной Кореей, Кубой или вообще не дай бог наступят нечто подо
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Claudia Putnam
I found this book both wickedly funny and rendingly sad. Reading through the comments, I saw that many were a bit lost in terms of the references to Russian history and the literary allusions. So, read up just a bit on Ivan the Terrible (Wikipedia is fine) and on the Oprichnina. Understand that there has never been a time in Russian history when there has been no terrifying band of secret police. Under Ivan and some of his successors, these were monastically linked to the church. Because, in Rus ...more
Marsha Boyd
Russia in the not-so-distant future has restored its monarchy and the Tsar rules as an almost successor of Ivan the Terrible. You need to know a bit of his reign to understand this book and the role of the oprichnik. The oprichnik is a state henchman who rapes, kills, and pillages in the name of his majesty. Parts of this book are brilliant: revisiting the death-squads of the 16th century and Soviet terror of the 1930s but set in 2028. I won't give too much away in this review but expect to be a ...more
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Vladimir Sorokin was born in a small town outside of Moscow in 1955. He trained as an engineer at the Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas, but turned to art and writing, becoming a major presence in the Moscow underground of the 1980s. His work was banned in the Soviet Union, and his first novel, The Queue, was published by the famed émigré dissident Andrei Sinyavsky in France in 1983. In 1992, Soroki ...more
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