Ice Trilogy

Ice Trilogy

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A New York Review Books Original
 
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590173862
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 1,215,851
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Vladimir Sorokin was born in a small town outside of Moscow in 1955. He trained as an engineer at the Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas, but turned to art and writing, becoming a major presence in the Moscow underground of the 1980s. His work was banned in the Soviet Union, and his first novel, The Queue, was published by the famed émigré dissident Andrei Sinyavsky in France in 1983. In 1992, Sorokin’s Collected Stories was nominated for the Russian Booker Prize; in 1999, the publication of the controversial novel Blue Lard, which included a sex scene between clones of Stalin and Khrushchev, led to public demonstrations against the book and to demands that Sorokin be prosecuted as a pornographer; in 2001, he received the Andrei Biely Award for outstanding contributions to Russian literature. Sorokin is also the author of the screenplays for the movies Moscow, The Kopeck, and 4, and of the libretto for Leonid Desyatnikov’s Rosenthal’s Children, the first new opera to be commissioned by the Bolshoi Theater since the 1970s. He has written numerous plays and short stories, and his work has been translated throughout the world. Among his most recent books are Sugar Kremlin and Day of the Oprichnik. He lives in Moscow.

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s a writer on Russian art and culture. Her translations include Marina Tsvetaeva’s Earthly Signs: Moscow Diaries, 1917–1922; a volume of Aleksandr Rodchenko’s writings, Experiments for the Future; and Tatyana Tolstaya’s novel, The Slynx. Her translation of Vladimir Sorokin’s Day of the Oprichnik will be published in 2011.

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VoxLegio More than 1 year ago
The Ice Trilogy follows a group of spiritual beings trapped on earth attempting to find one another and reawaken their true form, their renewal beginning with the Tunguska Meteor falling in Siberia. While the narrative has many interesting ideas within it, the plot ambles about and repeatedly stalls. The second half the first book in the trilogy could easily been summed up as "We traveled around finding people until 1945." The next two books of the trilogy have no real structured plot, but rather tell their tale through shorts that sometimes tie together to form a greater whole. Unfortunately the vast majority of these are quick character sketches that all end the same way, with the character never to be seen again. Once it becomes apparent that the first few characters will never be reappear, it becomes progressively more difficult to care about those introduced (and then abandoned promptly) later. This becomes especially tedious because very few of these stories really involve the plot besides saying, "and then we found some more people." While Sorokin does have some very interesting ideas, they only occasionally appear and are never developed satisfyingly. Similarly, what little conflict does arise happens largely offstage and is typically solved by a character agreeing to take care of it. The few very well done and interesting action/horror scenes Sorokin presents are obnoxiously wiped away with, "but that was a dream." Finally, the climactic ending promised through the entire trilogy was disappointing and nonsensical.
arubabookwoman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book consists of three novels. The first begins with the birth of Sasha, on the day the Tunguska meteor struck in remote Siberia in 1908. His idyllic childhood is shattered by the Russian revolution, and he loses most of his family. He is raised by relatives, and is able to attend university, where he becomes interested in astronomy. He obtains a place on a scientific expedition to locate and study the Siberian meteor. As the expedition approaches the meteor's location, Sasha begins to feel and act strangely. He is drawn to, and ultimately he alone locates, the meteor, which turns out to be an unfathomly immense chunk of ice, much of which is deeply imbedded in the waters of the swamp. When he comes upon the ice chunk, Sasha falls violently onto the ice, and opens his heart to the knowledge that he is different. From the ice, Sasha learns that there are 23,000 people like him on Earth (the Brotherhood of the Ice). When the 23,000 are united, the Earth will be saved from its mistaken path. Sasha begins his quest to find the others of the Brotherhood. The second novel relates the continuing quest. One of the unfortunate consequences of the quest is that location of the others in the Brotherhood requires violence. All members of the Brotherhood are blue-eyed and blonde, but they cannot otherwise be recognized until their hearts "speak." This requires that their chests be pummelled by an ice hammer (made with ice from the Siberian ice chunk). If the person is a true member of the Brotherhood, his/her heart will speak. If not, these victims frequently die from the trauma. As time passes, some of the members become high-ranking officials in Stalin's government and in Hitler's government. They are able to use their positions to gather potential candidates for the Brotherhood. In the final novel, the Brotherhood is approaching 23,000 members. However, an internet group of victims who survived the ice hammer have joined together to try to find the mysterious criminals who attacked them and to bring them to justice. This may all sound rather silly, but it's actually quite engrossing, internally cohesive, and for the most part (with a smidgen of suspension of belief) feels quite real. Sorkin is known as an oblique (and sometimes quite direct) critic of life in the Soviet Union (he is the author of The Queue and The Day of the Oprichinik). These novels also fall within the category of political commentary. While the Brotherhood believe themselves as working for a higher ideal, their means include extreme violence, about which they are cold and unemotional (people are mere "meat-machines"). Ironically some of the people they were able to place in high government positions are themselves subjected to the Stalinist purges. I hope that the usual categorization of this book as science fiction doesn't scare some readers off. (It is a NYRB publication). While it could be argued that you have to be a science fiction fan to appreciate these novels, I don't think that to be the case. I think the book transcends the genre, and is sui generis.
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