—The Chicago Tribune
“A fierce political satire skewering [Kashin’s] homeland . . . Both acidulous and wildly entertaining; Gary Shteyngart fans will embrace.”
“The ridiculous sci-fi dystopia nestled within the garish pink cover bares more than a slight similarity to Russia under Putin and, with new stories of corruption in the Kremlin making the front page of international news sites each month, it has never been more topical . . . Fardwor, Russia! is wonderfully strange and fantastically frightening, a gruesome yet hilarious tale of genetic engineering gone awry, combined with a grim political parable of the danger of power in the wrong hands. A ludicrous satire with a serious twist—Fardwor, Russia! is a must read those with an interest in Russian politics, or fans of science fiction that borders on the ridiculous.”
—Engineering & Technology
“In Fardwor, Russia!, Kashin succeeds at depicting the absurdity and corruption of 21st-century Russia.”
—Daniel Kalder, The Dallas Morning News
“Intertwining the mystical essence of science fiction and the humor of political satire, Fardwor, Russia! is an allegorical tale of contemporary Russian life. Human error from reckless experimentation produces a growth serum that sets off a comedy of errors as farcical as it is descriptive about the temptations of absolute power.”
—World Literature Today
“A highly topical satirical fiction . . . A documentation of our times, dressed in the circus costume of fantasy, written by one of our era’s most eloquent and inquisitive witnesses.”
—Sasha Filipova, TimeOut St. Petersburg
“Compelling and gruesome . . . Excellent translation . . . Its plot is rewardingly absurd . . . Enjoyable.”
About the Author
Will Evans is the executive director and publisher of Deep Vellum Publishing, a not-for-profit literary publisher of translated books based in Dallas, Texas.
About the Introducer:
Max Seddon is the Moscow correspondent for Financial Times. He has reported widely in Russia and the rest of the former Soviet Union.