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The Golovlyov Family (Paperback)

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Paperback 251 Pages / Published: 14/02/2013
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What follows is a disquieting story of isolation and disintegration, in a place reminiscent of the elusive Macondo in Gabriel Garcia Marquez'sOne Hundred Years of Solitude. In this masterful translation "to be preferred at all costs . . . Cioran does have an edge . . . in the closeness to the original as well as sensitivity to telling phrases and expressions" (Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English).

Publisher: Overlook Press
ISBN: 9781468301564
Number of pages: 251
Weight: 276 g
Dimensions: 207 x 151 x 23 mm


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This is a tragic story, deeply moving, and by means of the figures that pass through it, relentlessly depicts the Russia that so inevitably prepared the Revolution. The book is a classic in its own country, and it is obvious why. * The Spectator *
The Golovlyov Family has been described as the gloomiest of Russian novels. Certainly the characters are all wretched or unpleasant, and the reader of the novels who professes that strange but common English attitude to literature: "Would I like to meet these people?" must leave the book alone. Shchedrin's book is not gloomy; it is powerful. It communicates power. It places an enormous experience in our hands. How many realists simply indulge in an orgy of determinism and seek only evidence that indicates damnation....[Shchedrin] is not looking for quick moral returns. His method is exhaustive and not summary. The compensations of life are not moral; they are simply more life of a different kind. -- V.S. Pritchett * The Nation *
The whole novel is practically a picture of a complete dehumanization of human beings, of an absolute victory of matter over spirit. And as such it is strikingly powerful, convincing, and impressive. * The New York Times *

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