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Escape Hatch and Long Road Ahead

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Vladimir Makanin, one of the most acclaimed writers of today's Russia, examines the fates of ordinary people of the future -- or is it the present? -- in these two brilliant novellas. Makanin's characters are caught in surreal situations which test their ability to retain their humanity, sometimes at a terrible price.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Ardis Publishing,U.S. (first published 1996)
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Lisa Hayden Espenschade
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: existentialists, dystopianists, readers who enjoy odd stories
Recommended to Lisa by: Makanin interview, Russian Booker nominations
Shelves: read-in-russian
I loved these dystopian novellas: the pleasure of reading Makanin's fiction is that he successfully demonstrates his philosophy and ideas through plot and characters, rather than lectures, making even the strangest actions and places feel quite real. His writing encourages, rather than coerces, the reader to explore their layers of meaning.
Nancy
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Strange....
dystopian novella's are not for me.
J.T.

The first story, "Escape Hatch," takes place in a chaotic city where society has broken down but where a cafe-rich consumer society exists pleasantly underground. Makanin's hero, Klyucharyov, divides his time between the barren surface and the nostalgically normal bunker community connected by a secret shaft which, to his despair, begins to contract and close off.

In the second novella, "The Long Road Ahead," both socialist realism and Brave New World-like dystopias are twisted in the story of a
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Ellen Parker
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This didn't feel very Russian. More like a nameless country on the verge of collapse, sci fi or alternate reality. Very intriguing!
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Vladimir Semyonovich Makanin is a writer of novels and short stories. He graduated from Moscow State University and worked as a mathematician in the Military Academy until the early 1960s. In 1963 he took a course in scriptwriting, and then worked in the publishing house Sovietskiy Pisatel (The Soviet Writer). Makanin's writing style may be categorized as realist. His forte lies in depicting the p ...more
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