A School for Fools (New York Review Books Classics) by Sasha Sokolov

By Sasha Sokolov

Through turns lyrical and philosophical, witty and baffling, A university for Fools confounds all expectancies of the unconventional. the following 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 off as a reverie (with common interruptions) involves appear a kind of fairy-tale quest no longer for gold or marriage yet for self-knowledge. The currents of recognition operating during the novel are passionate and profound. thoughts of adolescence summers on the dacha are contemporaneous with the current, the lifeless 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 spell binding, 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 nation collage and tried to flee from the USSR, for which he was once imprisoned. In 1975, he used to be allowed to go away the rustic following a global human rights scandal. The manuscript of A tuition 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 celebrated 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 publication of essays In the home of the Hanged.

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16. An observation of the radiogalaxy NGC 0634-20 at 21 cm taken at the VLA array of radiotelescopes is shown here with coloured flux contours (red to blue: high to low flux) (Courtesy of MPI f. Radioastronomie, Bonn) 46 2. Facts - Observations of Cosmological Significance Fig. 17. The Coma cluster of galaxies is shown here. Each tiny speck of light in this photograph is one of the several thousand galaxies in this cluster. , credit to O. Lopez-Cruz, LK. Shelton) and this may cast some doubt on the use of a smooth, homogeneous density distribution in the cosmological model.

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