Vladimir Sorokin's Discourses : A Companion
Russian prose literature Sorokin, Vladimir, A Month in Dachau A Novel Blue Lard Day of the Oprichnik Ice Manaraga Marina's Thirtieth Love Moscow art scene Putin Russian literature Socialist Realism The Blizzard The Norm The Queue book burning censorship contemporary dissidence dystopia modern neo-imperialism neo-nationalism political commentary post-Soviet postmodernism pulp fiction sex taboos totalitarianism violence vulgar language
Academic Studies Press 2020EISBN 1644692864
Vladimir Sorokin is the most prominent and the most controversial contemporary Russian writer. Having emerged as a prose writer in Moscow's artistic underground in the late 1970s and early 80s, he became visible to a broader Russian audience only in the mid-1990s, with texts shocking the moralistic expectations of traditionally minded readers by violating not only Soviet ideological taboos, but also injecting vulgar language, sex, and violence into plots that the postmodernist Sorokin borrowed from nineteenth-century literature and Socialist Realism. Sorokin became famous when the Putin youth organization burned his books in 2002 and he picked up neo-nationalist and neo-imperialist discourses in his dystopian novels of the 2000s and 2010s, making him one of the fiercest critics of Russia's "new middle ages," while remaining steadfast in his dismantling of foreign discourses.