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Sorokin, Vladimir Georgievich (Translated by Sally Laird). THE QUEUE. New York City, NY: Readers International, 1985. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 200 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's first book to be translated into English. One of the greatest novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very rare. Presents Vladimir Sorokin's "Ochered", which was first published by the great exiled Russian writer Andrei Sinyavsky in France, banned/never published during the Soviet regime, and is now widely considered a Modernist masterpiece. Neither a play nor a novel, Sorokin has famously described his ground-breaking work as operating at the outermost limits of literature. His translator has written an Introduction that remains illuminating to this day: "More than anything perhaps, it resembles a musical score, the score of some bizarre street symphony. Its notes are words, grunts, cries, all the noises that humans make talking, cursing, drinking tea, swallowing sour cream, making love" (Sally Laird). Sorokin rejects the conventional novel, particularly in its Socialist Realism form, not literature itself, by turning the absurdities of modern life into his very own Theatre of The Absurd (at dawn, the people whose voices we hear throughout the book gather and form a queue). Like all of his great predecessors in Russian and Western literature, his book is a radical (and at the time, courageous and noble) attempt to re-think, re-create, and re-write writing. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Sorokin has re-emerged as one of Russia's most eloquent voices. An absolute "must-have" title for Vladimir Sorokin and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Vladimir Sorokin 30.04.2011". Sorokin made a rare appearance at the 2011 PEN World Festival. Laid-in is a copy of the 60-page Souvenir Program. This title is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed and dated copy of the First American Edition available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Andrei Bely Award, the most important literary prize in Russia, for his body of work in 2001. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER VLADIMIR SOROKIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 093052344X. $400.00

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