Day of the Oprichnik has ratings and reviews. Hadrian said: Day of the Oprichnik is heavy and blunt, like the oak clubs of the secret police. Haunting, terrifying and hilarious, The Day of the Oprichnik is a dazzling novel and a fierce critique of life in the New Russia. Moscow (There is, I should say, an extended and rather well-done scene of vigorous ass- fucking in Day of the Oprichnik, as well. It an orgy in the truest.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin. A cold, snowy morning. Andrei Danilovich Komiaga is fast asleep.
Welcome to the new New Russia, where futuristic technology and the draconian codes of Ivan the Terrible are in perfect synergy. Corporal punishment is back, as is a divine monarch, but these days everyone gets hhe from high-tech news bubbles, and the elite get high on hallucinogenic, genetically modified fish. Over the course of one day, Andrei Komiaga will bear witness to—and participate in—brutal executions; extravagant parties; meetings with ballerinas, soothsayers, and even the czarina. He will rape and pillage, and he will o;richnik moved to tears by the sweetly sung songs of his homeland.
And he will fall in love—perhaps even with a number of his colleagues.
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A startling, relentless portrait of a troubled and troubling empire, Day of the Oprichnik is at once a richly imagined vision of the future and a razor-sharp diagnosis of a country in crisis.
Hardcoverpages. Published March 15th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Day of the Oprichnikplease sign up. See 1 question about Day of the Oprichnik…. Lists with This Book. Mar 26, Hadrian rated it liked it Shelves: Day of the Oprichnik is heavy and blunt, like the oak clubs of the secret police.
So this is a ‘day in the oprichmik story of a secret policeman ‘oprichnik’ in some future authoritarian dystopic Russia, which combines all of the features of the oprochnik 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 Day of the Oprichnik is heavy and blunt, like the oak clubs of the secret police.
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 Tsar. Sorokin is upfront thf the grotesque things he writes. There is no getting around them. Some bits you can laugh at, like the secret police having a gay sex ritual with glow-in-the-dark penises.
Others less so, like the gang rape of a nobleman’s wife. I suppose the worst thing about it is that all of this has some basis, however tenuous, with Russia today. It’s one thing to compartmentalize the bad things you read about as ‘only fictional’, but this is a book which explicitly references reality, and so it unsettles you.
View all 4 comments. Apr 27, Joseph rated it really liked it Recommended to Joseph by: Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin is a futuristic Russian novel tied to the past.
Sorokin is probably better known for his novel The Queue. Sorokin has experienced Soviet Russia and the rise and fall of democracy. His plan involved using commoners to police the nobility. In that society the common people believed the Czar, Ivan IV, to be divinely appointed to rule and his word was God’s word. Using this control he was able to turn the peasant population against the nobility.
The large part of this was done by a special police force called the Oprichnina. They were feared by all. Their coat of arms contained a lprichnik and a dog’s head. The broom to sweep away the traces of the criminals and the dog’s head — vicious and loyal. Executions and property confiscations were the norm. Many oprichhik nobles were exiled to the East unintentionally, but effectively spreading Russia East into Siberia.
The problem this created was that the Oprichnina were only accountable to the Czar. Their new found power lead massive corruption as there were no effective checks on the Oprichnina.
Sorokin takes a reader on a trip xay a Russia that returns to the past. Rule by an autocratic Czar and a renewed religious fervor in the country sets the scene. The reader will experience a day in the life of Andrei Danilovich Komiaga a rising member of the small Oprichnik unit. In addition to enforcing the royal decrees, there are also the operations of the unit as what seems to be an organized crime family.
Extortion, drugs, and luxury are the way of life.
The reader will also witness the variable oprichni, where cursing is disallowed but rape is accepted. Day of the Oprichnik is a novel of what happens when a society falls blindly to a ruler or religion.
Although a bit hyperbolic at times its message is clear. Many rulers were also described as awful. This was meant, at the time, as being awe-inspiring. Many words take on their own meaning with time like “awful” and even Machiavelli an. Being known as Ivan the Terrible was actually a compliment to the ruler given by the people.
Ivan IV was a progressive as rulers came in that time period. Yes, there were atrocities but his in comparison to peers he was not all that “terrible. Sep 22, Brian rated it really liked it. Very good disturbing book depicting a dystopian Russian society in the not too distant future. Characters are rich, the settings are well described and the writing is crisp and poignant. Oct 12, Michael rated it really liked it Recommended to Michael by: Welcome to new Russia, where the Russian Empire has been restored back to the draconian codes of Ths 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
Day of the Oprichnik follows a government henchman, an Oprichnik, through a day od 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, Welcome to new Russia, where the Russian Empire has been restored back to the draconian codes of Ivan the Terrible.
opricchnik But while the book is dark, it also is hilarious and then it has this wonderfully satirical nature about it. While the humour and satire throughout this book is grotesque, this book is a perfect example of great contemporary Russian literature as well as a political critique.
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These witty and intelligently written books are what I live for. Day of the Oprichnik is deliciously complex, full of garish daj fiction and hallucinogenic fish. For everyone else; read the book, enjoy the satire, black humour and Science Fiction elements of this book and also find out what I mean. View all 8 comments. Aug 06, Olga rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Apr 23, Bjorn rated it really liked it Shelves: It’sand Mother Russia is finally great again. 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 a fo It’sand Mother Russia is finally great again.
Finally, everyone say sit back and be Russian – that is work hard, opprichnik, eat black bread, and try not to notice that the Chinese are making a fortune off them. Komyaga is one of the top enforcers in the secret police, and ths one day he gets to see a lot of action; he roots out opdichnik hangs unwanted elements, he oversees the day’s state-approved dissident poetry and makes sure it’s not too subversive, he flies to Sibiria to consult with soothsayers and make deals with the Chinese, he does very expensive drugs, he philosophizes on the importance of Russianness Especially the bits about the serfs and the czar and the church and blind obedience for the greater good.
Praise the classics and opgichnik sure nobody reads them wrong or writes anything new dsy might upset the ruling order. Each kiosk has to have two of each product so the people can choose. It’s wise and profound. Our people – God’s people – should choose between two products, not three and not thirty-three. When the people choose between two they feel calm, safe for tomorrow, they have no worries and are content.
And with a people like that, a content people, great things can be achieved. It’s a gleefully vicious satire Sorokin serves up, both of nationalism and Orwellian controlled pseudo-democracy in general, but also of the Oprichnil conservative to-thyself-be-enough vision. It’s deliberately over the top, ending in kprichnik outright pornographical gangbang of the supposedly powerful, but it’s hard to miss the point: And meanwhile the Chinese buy everyone.
Apr 26, Chad Post rated it really liked it. 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.