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By Sasha Sokolov

By way of turns lyrical and philosophical, witty and baffling, A college for Fools confounds all expectancies of the radical. 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 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 realization working during the novel are passionate and profound. thoughts of youth 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 captivating, tragic, and touching work.”

Sasha Sokolov used to be 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 used to be allowed to go away the rustic following a world human rights scandal. The manuscript of A university for Fools, his first novel, used to be 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 ebook of essays In the home of the Hanged.

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Mit dem größten Vergnügen«, meinte Charlie. Gabriella stand auf. »Wir müssen jetzt auch gehen. « »Ihr könntet ja mitkommen«, sagte Charlie, der förmlich auf jede Chance zu lauern schien. «, sagte Eric weinerlich, und dabei hatte er durchaus zur Kenntnis genommen, daß Gabriella nichts gegen die Idee einzuwenden hatte. Was ihn zögern ließ, war die Meinung, daß sie es vielleicht auf eine länger dauernde Beziehung abgesehen hatte, etwas, was ihn überhaupt nicht reizte. »Vielleicht kommen wir morgen wieder her«, schlug Adrienne vor.

Dann tut es mir leid, daß ich sie verpaßt habe. Das muß schon ein ganz besonderes Mädchen gewesen sein. Hast du je daran gedacht, dich als Verteidiger bei den Scorchers zu bewerben? « »Es tut mir leid, wenn ich jemanden angerempelt habe«, murmelte Eric und erinnerte sich an die Passanten, die er auf seinem wilden Lauf unsanft beiseitegestoßen hatte. « Charlie legte seinem Freund die Hand auf die Schulter. « Er sah sich um. »Zumindest glaube ich das. « Er ging auf die Untergrundstation zu und zog Eric, der 32 immer noch benommen wirkte, mit sich.

Das einzige, was ihm zur Verfügung stand, war die Marke des Wagens, in dem das Mädchen gefahren war, und die Zulassungsnummer. Also würde sein erster Schritt sein, den Wagen und seinen Besitzer ausfindig zu machen. Aber ebensogut war möglich, daß es eine gemietete Limousine gewesen war. Der Transportausschuß würde das wissen. Die Polizei würde es herausfinden können. Aber beide würden nicht bereit sein, einem gewöhnlichen Bürger derartige Information zu liefern. Tatsächlich würde ihm die Polizei 41 aller Wahrscheinlichkeit nach mehr Ärger als Information liefern.

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