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A School for Fools (New York Review Books Classics) by Sasha Sokolov

By Sasha Sokolov

By means of turns lyrical and philosophical, witty and baffling, A university for Fools confounds all expectancies of the unconventional. the following we discover now not one trustworthy narrator yet “unreliable” narrators: the younger guy who's a pupil on the “school for fools” and his double. What starts as a reverie (with widespread interruptions) involves appear a type of fairy-tale quest now not for gold or marriage yet for self-knowledge. The currents of realization working in the course of the novel are passionate and profound. thoughts of formative years summers on the dacha are contemporaneous with the current, the lifeless are alive, and the liked is found in the wind. here's a story both of insanity or of the lifetime of the mind's eye, in dialog with cause, straining on the limits of language; within the phrases of Vladimir Nabokov, “an mesmerizing, tragic, and touching work.”

Sasha Sokolov was once born in 1943 in Canada, the son of a high-ranking Soviet diplomat. Sokolov studied journalism at Moscow country college and tried to flee from the USSR, for which he was once imprisoned. In 1975, he used to be allowed to depart the rustic following a global human rights scandal. The manuscript of A college for Fools, his first novel, used to be smuggled out of the Soviet Union that very same 12 months, and released to nice acclaim within the west. A university for Fools has been translated into over twenty languages. Sokolov is the recipient of the distinguished Andrei Bely Prize in 1981, and of the Pushkin Prize for Literature in 1996. he's additionally the writer of novels Astrophobia and Between puppy and Wolf, and of a ebook of essays In the home of the Hanged.

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