Sasha Sokolov’s second novel Mezhdu sobakoi i volkom has its origins in the author’s reflection on the role and nature of the narrating voice. In concocting the most appropriate voice for this narrative, the author constructed a language, defined by one of the heroes as “Volapuke,” a 19th-century constructed idiom (Volapük). In Sokolov’s “Volapuke,” every trope, word, and even grapheme is allowed to transfigure into its direct, objectified meaning. As for the voices that weave together the linguistic threads, there are many, and at the same time they are all combined into one. Like all of Sasha Sokolov’s novels, Mezhdu sobakoi i volkom reminds the reader of the natural plurality of voices that is to be found within oneself. For a plot synopsis of Between Dog and Wolf, please consult the introduction to this issue of CASS.
Пьеса Выбрать троих (2020) Дмитрия Данилова описывает семью, переваривающую абсурд грядущей политики самоизоляции. Процесс остранения носит в тексте двоякий характер: с одной стороны, он выполняет поэтическую функцию, с другой у него есть политический (или прагматический) эффект. В пьесе Данилова изображена биополитическая дистопия XXI века. В этом зеркале, однако, есть искажение, которое ставит под сомнение ход повествования: что появилось раньше, режим самоизоляции или наше фрагментированное и контролируемое существование?
Sasha Sokolov (1943–) has long been considered one of the greatest Russian writers of the second half of the twentieth century. Vladimir Nabokov was the first to recognize his talent: he was shocked to learn that in the Sovietdom, which he called Zoorlandia, there was such a writer as Sokolov, one who did not author yet another Doctor Zhivago or And Quiet Flows the Don.
To me, Sasha is a forerunner of that new Russian literature which was set to emerge in Russia at the end of the twentieth century, after the Bolsheviks who ruled our
In a certain way, the confluence of events that led to this special issue devoted to Sasha Sokolov’s Between Dog and Wolf (Между собакой и волком, 1980) represents a particularly Sokolovian blend of contrasts. On the one hand, when we learned of the tragic loss of Donald Barton Johnson, the leading specialist in Sokolov studies (among other topics!), we hoped to honor his legacy by continuing to explore the