By Sasha Sokolov
By way of turns lyrical and philosophical, witty and baffling, A tuition for Fools confounds all expectancies of the radical. the following we discover no longer one trustworthy narrator yet “unreliable” narrators: the younger guy who's a scholar 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 recognition operating throughout the novel are passionate and profound. stories of early life 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 kingdom collage and tried to flee from the USSR, for which he used to be imprisoned. In 1975, he used to be allowed to depart the rustic following a world 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 booklet of essays In the home of the Hanged.
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