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The Tool & the Butterflies by [Dmitry Lipskerov, Reilly Costigan-Humes, Isaac Wheeler]

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Editorial Reviews


"Lipskerov paints a portrait of a country in disarray but does it in humorous way. It is this continuous view of a country that seems to be falling apart, only exacerbated by the genitalia loss, as well as the very clever and complex plot, that make this such an enjoyable read." ––The Modern Novel

"Magic, humor, suspense, these are the ingredients of this demonic bouillabaisse that Dmitri Lipskerov has concocted according to the best recipes of magical realism." – Le Courrier de Russie

"An enthralling mix of post-Soviet reality, magical realism and surrealism makes reading this novel an experience like meandering through the Minotaur’s labyrinth, but instead of one monster, there are many, lurking around every corner. The elusive characters in this novel find themselves in totally absurd situations that never quite fall perfectly into context but also contribute to the development of the broader storyline." ––

"Dmitry Lipskerov’s novel is rich with literary allusions, furnished with a bold plot, topical and philosophical in equal measure – in a word, the novel has everything necessary to become a smart bestseller. Lipskerov is a writer with a rampant imagination. His protagonist gets into a sticky and totally Gogolesque, or rather, Kafkaesque situation." ––

"The author succeeds in drawing readers into a whirlpool of modernized mishaps straight out of Hoffmann and Gogol. Doppelgangers are a recurring theme. There is an angelic maiden. There is a good portion of moralité. And last but not least there are the cutlets in an elite gourmet deli that have sat out just a little too long, an homage to Bulgakov." ––Kultura

"Lipskerov is one of those writers who are artists rather than thinkers. His novels are often cited and retold but they cannot be fully comprehended. Just like one cannot explain the abstract expressionism of Pollok or Petrov-Vodkin’s still lives. A pure joy for readers." ––

"The author’s snappy language lets the reader’s imagination run wild. Not for nothing was this novel called the most shocking of the year." ––

"A soap opera with a Gogolesque beginning and a Biblical finale." ––

“Sex, vodka, misogyny, Russia of the past and present gives us a cheeky, absurd novel… This is creative satire at its best, while looking for a missing “tool”, which defines a man, is the star of his tale, he may instead set some butterflies free…” - Lolly K. Dandeneau

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Dmitry Lipskerov is a playwright and author whose novels have been met with international success due to their vivid, intense portrayal of Russia through both fabulism and realism. He was the winner of the Moscow Komsomol Prize and French prize Imaginales 2019, and was shortlisted for the Russian Booker Award. He cofounded two Russian literary prizes: the Debut prize for works of fiction by young Russian writers and the Neformat prize. The Tool and the Butterflies is the first novel of his to be translated into English.

Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler are a team of literary translators who met as undergraduates at Haverford College, where they studied Russian language and literature. They are the co-translators of Voroshilovgrad by Serhiy Zhadan (Deep Vellum, 2016). Their translations from Russian and Ukrainian have been published in Coldnoon, The Missing Slate, Trafika Europe, and Two Lines. They are also the recipients of the translated book of the year prize from the American Association for Ukrainian Studies. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B089CSQXJX
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Deep Vellum Publishing; Reprint, Translation edition (January 12, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 12, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1171 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 350 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1646050398
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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