Russian Mom Reads

We are planning a huge Russian Easter brunch on Sunday, so I went on a hiatus from blogging this week busy with cleaning, planning, and shopping.  It also allowed me to catch up on my reading. 

I just finished The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya.  One of my favorite bloggers, Come Due Maiali, recommended the author. 

The modern Russian writers that I came across lately sounded to me like they wrote high on weed and mushrooms,  that they were immensely sarcastic, and enjoyed to swear like sailors…  Tolstaya appeared to be hit with the Blast, the one that destroyed the world we know and created another one full of occasionally drugged up, ignorant, swearing mutants with … consequences.  

I couldn’t put the book down – it was so enthralling and different! Tolastaya’s language skills are remarkable, and even the harshest jargon I typically would be disgusted with, seemed absolutely beautiful and appropriate.  If you are into Russian literature, I would highly recommend visiting this bizarre Moscow 200 years after the Blast.  

Natasha, thank you again for the advice! 

6 comments

  1. decorartuk says:

    I couldn’t agree more: “The modern Russian writers that I came across lately sounded to me like they wrote high on weed and mushrooms, that they were immensely sarcastic, and enjoyed to swear like sailors…” Right, this sums it all up!

    I’ve just finished “Generation P” by Viktor Pelevin and to tell the truth it was a hard job to concentrate on what was going on and why. The main character was constantly high on drugs or was drunk and it seemed like everyone was totally mad. It seems it was turned into film in 2011, but I’m not sure if I’d like to “experience” the whole story once again. Might be too much for my tiny mushroom free brain.

    • Anastasia says:

      ;-) I know, I think the only book of Pelevin’s that I enjoyed was “the life of insects”, as it was the first I read. Every other one seemed to loose me more and more! I have a suspicion he will go well with some space brownies ;-)

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