If you read in Russian, you must have already noticed how difficult it is to find good books by contemporary Russian-speaking writers. Most of what passes for literature in the Russian-speaking world is badly written, boring, repetitive, and annoying.
This book, however, is a breath of fresh air compared to the regular Russian-language literary fare of the recent years. I was the first literary critic to work with the short stories and the novel that comprise this volume, so I can testify to their high literary value.
Those of you who like Borges, Cortazar and the poets of the Russian Silver Age will especially enjoy this book.