By Sasha Sokolov
Via turns lyrical and philosophical, witty and baffling, A tuition for Fools confounds all expectancies of the unconventional. right here we discover no longer one trustworthy narrator yet “unreliable” narrators: the younger guy who's a pupil on the “school for fools” and his double. What starts off as a reverie (with widespread interruptions) involves look a kind of fairy-tale quest no longer for gold or marriage yet for self-knowledge. The currents of attention operating in the course of the novel are passionate and profound. stories of formative years summers on the dacha are contemporaneous with the current, the useless are alive, and the loved 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 kingdom college and tried to flee from the USSR, for which he used to be imprisoned. In 1975, he was once allowed to go away the rustic following a world human rights scandal. The manuscript of A tuition for Fools, his first novel, was once smuggled out of the Soviet Union that very same yr, 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 publication of essays In the home of the Hanged.
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