Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin
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One can only swallow so much cosmic zeal. Inspired as many passages of The Ice Trilogy can be, it gets to a point where even the most patient reader can’t help but wish the lot of them would just drink the damned Kool-Aid already.
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In 1908, deep in Siberia, it fell to earth. THEIR ICE. A young man on a scientific expedition found it. It spoke to his heart, and his heart named him Bro. Bro felt the Ice. Bro knew its purpose. To bring together the 23,000 blond, blue-eyed Brothers and Sisters of the Light who were scattered on earth. To wake their sleeping hearts. To return to the Light. To destroy this world. And secretly, throughout the twentieth century and up to our own day, the Children of the Light have pursued their beloved goal.
 
Pulp fiction, science fiction, New Ageism, pornography, video-game mayhem, old-time Communist propaganda, and rampant commercial hype all collide, splinter, and splatter in Vladimir Sorokin’s virtuosic Ice Trilogy, a crazed joyride through modern times with the promise of a truly spectacular crash at the end. And the reader, as eager for the redemptive fix of a good story as the Children are for the Primordial Light, has no choice except to go along, caught up in a brilliant illusion from which only illusion escapes intact.
 

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Vladimir Sorokin (Bykovo, 1955) es autor de doce novelas, diez obras teatrales y varios guiones cinematográficos. Artista de talento multifacético formado en el ambiente de la vanguardia moscovita de los años 80, fue pintor antes de dedicarse a la escritura. Su posmodernista, conceptual y avanzada narrativa no tenía cabida en el panorama literario oficial de la Rusia soviética y sus primeras publicaciones aparecieron en París. Tras la publicación de las novelas Goluboye salo (Manteca de cerdo azul) en 1999 y El hielo en 2002, primera parte de su «trilogía helada», fue tachado de pornógrafo y perseguido por el gobierno ruso. En 2001 fue reconocido con el Premio Andréi Bely por «sus excepcionales aportaciones a las letras rusas» y su novela Serdtsá chetirioj (Corazones de los cuatro) recibió el Premio Booker Popular. En 2005 fue galardonado por el Ministerio de Cultura alemán y recibió el Premio Liberty «por su contribución a las relaciones culturales entre Rusia y los Estados Unidos de América». En 2007 su novela El día del oprichnik (Alfaguara, 2008) quedó finalista del Bestseller Nacional ruso. Sakharny Kreml (Kremlin de azúcar) y Metel (La ventisca) forman también parte de su obra, traducida a veinticinco idiomas.
 
Published April 20, 2011 by NYRB Classics. 704 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jose Teodoro on Apr 29 2011

One can only swallow so much cosmic zeal. Inspired as many passages of The Ice Trilogy can be, it gets to a point where even the most patient reader can’t help but wish the lot of them would just drink the damned Kool-Aid already.

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