Day of the Oprichnik

The New York Times


11x10 cm

A day in that near future, as imagined in "Day of the Oprichnik", by the bad-boy novelist Vladimir Sorokin, opens with "always the same dream" of a white stallion, "the stallion of all stallions, dazzling, a sorcerer", a dream that’s ever receding. This vision is interrupted by a whip cracking — in fact the ring of a "mobilov", or mobile phone with holographs.