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Верный Руслан #2020

Unavailable for twenty years this harrowing allegory of obedience to authority is esteemed as one of the defining literary texts of the post Stalin period The Guardian Set in a remote Siberian depot

  • Title: Верный Руслан
  • Author: Георгий Владимов
  • ISBN: 9785911812720
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Верный Руслан By Георгий Владимов, Unavailable for twenty years, this harrowing allegory of obedience to authority is esteemed as one of the defining literary texts of the post Stalin period The Guardian Set in a remote Siberian depot immediately following the demolition of one of the gulag s notorious camps and the emancipation of its prisoners, Faithful Ruslan is an embittered cri de coeur from a writUnavailable for twenty years, this harrowing allegory of obedience to authority is esteemed as one of the defining literary texts of the post Stalin period The Guardian Set in a remote Siberian depot immediately following the demolition of one of the gulag s notorious camps and the emancipation of its prisoners, Faithful Ruslan is an embittered cri de coeur from a writer whose circumstances obliged him to resist the violence of arbitrary power Every writer who writes anything in this country is made to feel he has committed a crime, Georgi Vladimov said Dissident, he said, is a word that they force on you His mother, a victim of Stalin s anti Semitic policy, had been interred for two years in one of the camps from which Vladimov derived the wrenching detail of Faithful Ruslan The novel circulated in samizdat for than a decade, often attributed to Solzhenitsyn, before its publication in the West led to Vladimov s harassment and exile A starving stray, tortured and abandoned by the godlike Master whom he has unconditionally loved, Ruslan and his cadre of fellow guard dogs dutifully wait for the arrival of new prisoners but the unexpected arrival of a work party provokes a climactic bloodletting Fashioned from the perceptions of an uncomprehending animal, Vladimov s insistently ironic indictment of the gulag spirals to encompass all of Man s inexplicable cruelty.

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    1. oh, my god.what a fantastic book don t get me wrong, it is insanely sad, but for most of the book, it is sad in the way it is sad when you are still desperately in love with someone who has lost interest in you and moved on there is a masochistic pleasure in the depths of your misery as you tail wag your way around them, trying to rekindle the love you know is still in there is sad and desperate and demeaning, but there is a spark of hope that makes it all worthwhiler a lot of the book, this is [...]

    2. Really, shouldn t I, by this stage in my life, know better than to read books about dogs Because once you get past the 101 Dalmations stage, there are no happy endings There are no and then he sniffed her butt, and she sniffed his, and they walked off into the sunset No The dog dies The dog always dies.I m sure that s why, or at least part of why, though the description of Faithful Ruslan was intriguing, I did not pick it when making my big order from Melville House s Neversink collection But th [...]

    3. generally speaking, i love dogs i also loathe tales told from their point of view the dogs usually seem like some ickily anthropomorphized thing you wouldn t want to know as any species.but this book this book bent my brain.we americans like our animal tales with enough saccharine to make a continent diabetic, as if one could not feel for an animal without being browbeaten into it Ruslan is not saccharine Ruslan is a guard dog in a Soviet prison camp, and he does not like to be petted.what he do [...]

    4. Rusl n es el protagonista y es un perro, pero esta historia no tiene sacarina, canciones ni un final feliz.Estamos ante un gran cambio para millones de presos en campos de trabajo, y como todo cambio de tal magnitud encuentra alguna resistencia Los perros simbolizan dicha resistencia, representan la l gica interna que exist a en un mundo que se hab a vuelto loco, y que ya no funciona en la nueva realidad.La novela tiene algunos momentos muy impactantes Sobre todos ellos destacar a el final, que [...]

    5. This is already amazing And I think my dog is going to appreciate me reading this book I m changing how I understand what he is doing and what he is trying to tell me Until now, most of the books I have read that are told from a dog s point of view are, in general, happy Even if the book ends with the dog s death which really is the case often than not , the story has way high points than low points This story is not like that Ruslan is an incredible dog with a powerful sense of honor and grea [...]

    6. I come late to things in life Or maybe things come late to me, since I m here all prepared for the typical and standard life things that are supposed to happen job, house, family but here I am with 2 out of 3 and nary a hint of the last in the trinity of a life properly livedyway, there is a set order to things that was ingrained in my young mind, a procession, and losing that structure had made me feel lost What next Does it matter Why do I get worked up over anything when nothing comes of it i [...]

    7. Told from the perspective of Ruslan, a Caucasian sheepdog trained as a guard for a Soviet Gulag, the novel occasionally endures moments wherein the omnipotent narrator indulges a passionate diatribe against the Communist dictatorship of the USSR Despite these moments and thanks in no small part to the highly informative introduction by Michael Glenny, translator of the text, this well composed text reminds readers of how perversely and unnaturally we humans can act towards one other in the name [...]

    8. This is a great story about a Soviet guard dog who used to guard a Siberian prison work camp and what happened after the camp was decomissioned I had read an exerpt of the book in an anthology we used in a Russian culture class, and I had to read the entire thing I was able to buy a copy a few years ago, and the ending still makes me cry.

    9. A damn good book One of those rare books where you feel like starting it again the second you finish, not because you think you ll find something hidden the first time but because you like the character enough to want to keep reading about him.

    10. This book needs to be as well known as Animal Farm I realize the history of it and how it s been very difficult for the work to spread but I just can t stop thinking about it and wish people could read this Georgi Vladimov manages to do so much I m in awe of how much depth there is in this little novel I m not sure if there s an introduction with some of the background history in every version, but this is such a clear glimpse into the human psychology of the time that it is still effective wit [...]

    11. Fascinating novella very, very Russian clever and effective perspective of the Stalinist prison camps and their tragic effects on humans and beasts I think the most important thing this little book shows us is how important it is to carefully plan transitions in society and consider the effects a sudden change can have Simply closing the camps and developing new industry in the area is certainly positive but thousands of people were left without a support system The highly trained dogs and the d [...]

    12. I felt like this book was fine, but I didn t love it It was quite effective at creating a relatively captivating story at points, where I felt that the dog voice was authentic insofar as a dog voice can be But it was confusing about whether the dog understands humans or not, and various other anomalies that made the narrator inconsistent Of course, the point of the book is not to be a strong novel necessarily, but to be a critique of the brutality of the system and the way that the system coopte [...]

    13. Boton book festival find When I was considering buying this book, the bookseller assured me I could handle it he said that he didn t care what happens to people in books he reads, but when animals are involved he has a hard time with them suffering Well, I don t think he was being completely honest with me Sure I m glad I read it, the story was incredible But you know that Ruslan s life is not going to have a happily ever after ending This was a book I had to read in small pieces, reading mindle [...]

    14. Were it not for the fact that I finished reading this book in a cafe, I would have cried as I turned the last page Avoiding the whole Old Yeller thing yes, I love dogs yes, I get misty when shit happens to them Michael Vick, burn in Hell , the book is than a cheap tug at the heart strings Read other reviews and you ll see what I saw this is a book about a gulag guard dog stripped of his purpose struggling to find his place once the camp gets shut down Let loose the metaphors I mean, one knows g [...]

    15. Recommended this by Bettie who knows I love Russian literature of any kind I found this book harrowing, sad but often inconsistent does the dog understand human behaviour or not However, the allegory of how totalitarian systems corrupt is cleverly done and overrode the reservations I had I also found it difficult to read as I am such a sentimental dog lover.

    16. Vladimov draws a portrait of the gulag system and the brutal Soviet culture brilliantly using the experience of a dog trained to destroy hope With subtle strokes the reader is treated to a plethora of critiques and depressing insights on loyalty and service to a morally bankrupt society.

    17. genius i can so see why when this was passed around anonymously people thought it was solzhenitsyn s work you can t get a better compliment than that

    18. The blurb on the front cover calls this Among the greatest animal stories ever written I was dubious for a while, but now that I have finished the book, I tend to agree This is not really a book for children It is not a feel good animal story however like Charlotte s Web Nor is it a bittersweet story like Old Yeller Closer perhaps is Animal Farm , but Faithful Ruslan is less blatant and subtle in its exploration how good people participate in extremely unjust and repressive regimes Ruslan is a [...]

    19. SPOILER ALERT I really liked this book There s only one other book that it reminds me of, and that s Animal Farm by George Orwell, which I read when I was around 11, and which had a very profound emotional impact on me Animal Farm communicated to me in this strong metaphorical way the manner in which revolutions begin as liberation and end as enslavement and this, before I had any formal understanding of this type of historical process I would get that in college after reading Camus book The Reb [...]

    20. Ruslan is a guard dog in a Soviet Gulag but the Allies have come and the Gulag has been taken apart The guard dogs are all released as strays, including Ruslan He doesn t know what to do without the order of the Gulag, but he finds his way to the next town, where he and his fellow dogs and the guards would pick up prisoners There he finds his old master and one of the prisoners When Ruslan tries to make up with his old master, he s poisoned for his efforts and, after suffering for some time, he [...]

    21. This is a good book, not a great one I remember reading an excerpt when I was in my twenties, just a snippet in Russian given to me by Bella Korchnaia, formerly the wife of the Soviet chess star and political dissident Viktor Korchnoi, who taught Bella, not Viktor at a Russian summer school I attended in the 1980s It was so laden with pathos and nostalgia and political intrigue the school and the snippet of course I loved them both But the book has aged a bit and lost some of its intensity in th [...]

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