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Центр тяжести by Alexey Polyarinov
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really liked it

This is something unique and really unusual for the Russia's contemporary literary scene. A novel that clearly follows the legacy of classical American postmodernists; a novel that is refreshingly sincere and whole-hearted, and last but not least, a novel that doesn't take itself too seriously. It is playful, it is naive, and it is brutally honest. It keeps switching genres: from a crystal clear Bildungsroman into an young adult mystery novel, then it vividly describes provincial Russia of the 90s (my childhood's Russia!), then suddenly the main characters are all grown-ups, they go to college, they move to big cities, they fall in and out of love, they work and fight and create. And the novel gradually becomes a spot-on political and social satire with speckles of cyberpunk and spy conspiracy. There will be even a glimpse of Nazi Germany, and this analogy won't really surpsise any anti-Putin protester. And this is all interspersed with wonderful fairytales that play an important role in the plot. Oh, and the stones! There will be many, many stones in this mischievous feather of a book, that will pin it down to the ground and won't let it become too lightweight.
Definitely worth reading!
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Reading Progress

October 1, 2018 – Started Reading
October 1, 2018 – Shelved
October 10, 2018 – Finished Reading

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