• Sign In
  • Help
  • My Basket0
The Bickford Fuse (Paperback)
  • The Bickford Fuse (Paperback)
zoom

The Bickford Fuse (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
£14.99
Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 05/05/2016
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

Check Marketplace availability

Catch-22 meets The Brothers Karamazov in the last great satire of the Soviet Era The Great Patriotic War is stumbling to a close, but a new darkness has fallen over Soviet Russia. And for a disparate, disconnected clutch of wanderers - many thousands of miles apart but linked by a common goal - four parallel journeys are just beginning. Gorych and his driver, rolling through water, sand and snow on an empty petrol tank; the occupant of a black airship, looking down benevolently as he floats above his Fatherland; young Andrey, who leaves his religious community in search of a new life; and Kharitonov, who trudges from the Sea of Japan to Leningrad, carrying a fuse that, when lit, could blow all and sundry to smithereens. Written in the final years of Communism, The Bickford Fuse is a satirical epic of the Soviet soul, exploring the origins and dead-ends of the Russian mentality from the end of World War Two to the Union's collapse. Blending allegory and fable with real events, and as deliriously absurd as anything Kurkov has written, it is both an elegy for lost years and a song of hope for a future not yet set in stone.

"I think it may even be a little bit of a masterpiece" - The Financial Times

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857055583
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 464 g
Dimensions: 235 x 170 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Kurkov's style is spare and effective, drawing us with deceptive ease into a dense, complex world full of wonderful characters. -- Michael Palin.
Kurkov is the real thing . . . Comparisons with Bulgakov's zany Moscow are not far-fetched. -- Kapka Kassabova * Guardian. *
Some people see him as a latter-day Bulgakov; to others he's a Ukrainian Murakami. -- Phoebe Taplin * Guardian. *
His bestselling novels are known for their surreal touches, but Andrey Kurkov, the Ukrainian novelist hailed as a post-Soviet Kafka, also has an uncanny ability to predict events in the real world around him. * Daily Telegraph. *
Beguiling ... frequently funny ... completely its own thing. it may even be a little bit of a masterpiece -- Sam Leith * Financial Times *
A kind of Ukrainian Kurt Vonnegut . . . If you want to read about the Soviet Union but can't face reading, say, Robert Service, and you have a penchant for the strange and surreal, you could do worse than reading Kurkov. -- Ian Samson * Spectator. *
A sharp and funny examination of the Russian soul -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times *

You may also be interested in...

Still Me
Added to basket
£20.00   £14.99
Hardback
Insidious Intent
Added to basket
£7.99   £3.99
Paperback
Faking Friends
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.99
Paperback
Then She Was Gone
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.99
Paperback
How to Stop Time
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Lullaby
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Paperback
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Added to basket
The Zanzibar Wife
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.99
Paperback
A Secret Garden
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
History of Wolves
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Lincoln in the Bardo
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Midwinter Break
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Dry
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Exit West
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Seagull
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.99
Paperback
Swing Time
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.