Escape Hatch by Vladimir Makanin

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Vladimir Makanin, the most acclaimed writer of post-Soviet Russia, examines the fates of ordinary people of the future--or is it present?--in these two brilliant novellas. These characters are caught in surreal situations which test their ability to retain their humanity. Makanin's world is one of deliberate ambiguity, where nothing, not even the story itself, is as it seems, and haunting imagery is used to appeal directly to a reader's subconscious.

"Vladimir Makanin's name belongs at the top of any list of socialist, or now post-socialist, surrealists...The power of Mr. Makanin's fiction lies precisely in its ambiguity."--New York Times Book Review

About Vladimir Makanin

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Makanin was born in Orsk, educated as a mathematician at Moscow University, and first published as a writer in 1966
Published September 1, 1996 by Ardis Publishers. 193 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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``Escape Hatch'' describes a city run, and overrun, by criminals from which escape to a more genteel ``world'' is offered through a passage available only to the story's conflicted protagonist.

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Solzhenitsyn meets Kafka in two novellas of surreal bleakness that mark Makanin's U.S. debut. The first, Escape Hatch, takes place in a city where society has broken down-through war, civil confli

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Makanin's careful, gray style carries its own intensity, as in his depictions of Klyucharyov's claustrophobic tunneling or the gulag-slaughterhouse's ""point zero"" operations, forming an enigmatic post-Soviet voice.

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