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Caught in a Venus flytrap: Red Pyramid, by Vladimir Sorokin, reviewed

Sorokin’s satirical stories are not for the fainthearted, but there are few more dedicated critics of Russia's infinite bureaucracy writing fiction today

30 March 2024

9:00 AM

30 March 2024

9:00 AM

Red Pyramid: Selected Stories Vladimir Sorokin, translated by Max Lawton

NYRB Classics, pp.298, 16.99

Interest in Vladimir Sorokin’s works in translation tends to focus on their extremism and dystopia – trademarks of his fantastically-rendered observations of the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia under an infinite bureaucracy. Less emphasis is placed on the empathy that elevates the stories from violence and a pre-occupation with bodily fluids to a discomforting sense of familiarity.

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