Vladimir Sorokin was born in 1955. He is the author of many novels, plays, short stories, and screenplays, and of a libretto. Sorokin has won the Andrei Bely Prize and the Maxim Gorky Prize, and was nominated for the Booker-Open Russia Literary Prize. He lives in Moscow. Jamey Gambrell is a writer on Russian art and culture, and the translator of Vladimir Sorokin's "The Ice Trilogy," among many other works of Russian-language fiction and nonfiction.
Praise for "Day of the Oprichnik "and Vladimir Sorokin "Vladimir Sorokin is one of Russia's greatest writers, and this novel is one of his best. "Day of the Oprichnik "is a haunting and terrifying vision of modern Russia projected two decades into the future--or maybe not the future at all. A joy to read--more entertaining, dynamic, engaging, and deeply hilarious than a dystopian novel has any right to be." --Gary Shteyngart, author of "Absurdistan "and "Super Sad True Love Story ""Anyone who wants to learn more about Russia and what could be the outcome of [Vladimir] Putin's rule should read the book. It's dark and dystopian, but it's a part of our life." --Garry Kasparov, "Time ""Might this be something of a Sorokin moment in the Anglophone world? Is the pope German?" --Stephen Kotkin, "The New York Times Book Review ""[A] take-no-prisoners satire from one of Russia's literary stars . . . Vladimir Sorokin's lurid, wildly inventive"Day of the Oprichnik" is a rowdy critique of Russia's drift toward authoritarianism." --Taylor Antrim, "Newsweek ""Sorokin's book is a sleek and darting fish . . . "Day of the Oprichnik" . . . should attract the readership [Sorokin] deserves . . . He has a fearless imagination willing to be put to most grotesque and energetic use." --Alexander Nazaryan, "The New Republic ""Compelling . . . Devastating . . . Powerful . . . In "Day of the Oprichnik," [Sorokin] combines futurological invention with political archaism to vicious satirical effect . . . It's as if hi-tech limbs had been grafted onto the torso of early modern statecraft: "Wolf Hall "meets William Gibson." --Tony Wood, " London Review of Books """Day of the Oprichnik "is Vladimir Sorokin's funniest and most accessible book since "The Queue." The KGB orgy scene at the end is worthy of the great shit-eating scenes of his earlier work." --Keith Gessen, author of "All the Sad Young Literary Men ""Sorokin's novel packs a heft