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The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya
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Nov 15, 13

bookshelves: nyrb, dystopia-and-utopia, i-own, 2007-2009
Read from January 25 to February 04, 2009

February 2009

You expect post-apocalyptic fiction to be depressing. You expect dystopias to be bleak. The words "wickedly funny" do not usually come to mind. But in The Slynx, a story of Moscow set two hundred years after The Blast destroyed civilization, life is not quite what it seems to be. The people don't really deserve to be enlightened, and the thought police are almost justified; at least, books aren't the thing to worry about. Just thank Fyodor Kuzmich, Glorybe, that you have fire. Oh, and make sure to check your rabbit before you eat it. The males won't kill you, but they'll cause no end of trouble. Why don't you stick with mice?

I can't praise NYRB (New York Review Books) enough for publishing this. It's raucous and bawdy fun all around--only, like most Russian novels, one reading isn't going to be enough. This is a clever and complex little tale, and this golubchik may have missed some things...
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