(Radiant Terminus) [PDF] ß Antoine Volodine

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  • 15 December 2019
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Free download Radiant Terminus characters ½ Radiant Terminus å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ith the ability to invade people's dreams including those of his daughters and torment them for thousands of yearsWhen a group of damaged individuals seek safety from this nuclear winter in Solovyei's commune a plot develops to overthrow him end his reign of mental abuse and restore humanityFantastical unsettling and occasionally funny Radiant Terminus is a key entry in Volodine's epic literary project that with its broad landscape ambitious vision and interlocking characters and ideas calls to mind the best o. Weird and mind numbing are the first descriptors that come to mind for this book I struggled to finish it but kept hoping that at some point I would understand what the author was trying to tell me The characters may be dead or in some intermediate world drifting along in the cosmos Or all the characters and everything that happens may be the creation of Solovyei who never dies or never lives Solovyei tramples in the minds of the characters makes the dead arise but not necessarily alive assumes the shape of an oversized crow and flies around and is an all around bad guy The character he does not seem to have created or kept alive is Gramma Udgul who like him is unaffected by radiation other than to have aging delayed significantly Kronauer is a main character but why escapes me Apparently he appears in other works by the author Like David Mitchell Volodine is apparently creating a universe that spans his work with some characters reappearing over and over The setting for this story is the future at the time of the collapse of The Second Soviet Union It starts with three soldiers Kronauer Vassia and Ilyushenko fleeing what appears to have been the last holdout of The Second Soviet Union They flee onto the steppes which have no been able to support live for years due to radiation poisoning Vassia lucky for her dies early on and is unable to be reawaken by Solovyei Ilyushenko gets to die at least in this book although he may have already been dead when he diedKronauer suffers the worst fate as he is made to exist in some fashion for the whole book along with Solovyei s three daughters The style of this book is uite creative I remained on the fence for over half the book but as it got weirder I began to lose my interest The last 100 pages were like pulling teeth but I don t give up on a 468 page book after getting than 34s through it Lost Girl yearsWhen a group of damaged individuals seek safety from this nuclear winter in Solovyei's commune a plot develops to overthrow him end his reign of mental abuse and restore humanityFantastical unsettling and occasionally funny Radiant Terminus is a key entry in Volodine's epic literary project that with its broad landscape ambitious vision and interlocking characters and ideas calls to mind the best o. Weird and mind numbing are the first descriptors that come to mind for this book I struggled to finish it but kept hoping that at some point I would understand what the author was trying to tell me The characters may be dead or in some intermediate world drifting along in the cosmos Or all the characters and everything that happens may be the creation of Solovyei who never dies or never lives Solovyei tramples in the minds of the characters makes the dead arise but not necessarily alive assumes the shape of an oversized crow and flies around and is an all around bad guy The character he does not seem to have created or kept alive is Gramma Udgul who like him is unaffected by radiation other than to have aging delayed significantly Kronauer is a main character but why escapes me Apparently he appears in other works by the author Like David Mitchell Volodine is apparently creating a universe that spans his work with some characters reappearing over and over The setting for this story is the future at the time of the collapse of The Second Soviet Union It starts with three soldiers Kronauer Vassia and Ilyushenko fleeing what appears to have been the last holdout of The Second Soviet Union They flee onto the steppes which have no been able to support live for Hugh Hefner 183 Success Facts - Everything you need to know about Hugh Hefner years due to radiation poisoning Vassia lucky for her dies early on and is unable to be reawaken by Solovyei Ilyushenko gets to die at least in this book although he may have already been dead when he diedKronauer suffers the worst fate as he is made to exist in some fashion for the whole book along with Solovyei s three daughters The style of this book is uite creative I remained on the fence for over half the book but as it got weirder I began to lose my interest The last 100 pages were like pulling teeth but I don t give up on a 468 page book after getting than 34s through it

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Free download Radiant Terminus characters ½ Radiant Terminus å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free F David MitchellAntoine Volodine aka Lutz Bassmann aka Manuela Draeger is the primary pseudonym of a French writer who has published than forty books over twenty under this name Seven of his titles are currently available in English translation including Minor Angels Bardo or Not Bardo and Post Exoticism in Ten Lessons Lesson ElevenJeffrey Zuckerman is digital editor of Music Literature His writing and translations have appeared in Best European Fiction 3AM Magazine the Rumpus and the Los Angeles Review of Boo. As I sit here pondering the after effects of Radiant Terminus I m listening to Bardo Pond an appropriate accompaniment given the liminal nature of this strange and disconcerting novel I can t say it was a particularly pleasant trip through the irradiated taiga No the dark sorcerer Solovyei who works in plutonium like a sculptor handles clay made certain that I would experience the slow stab wounds of immortality as closely as the written word would take me to the cold steel blade I can assign it no rating except perhaps one symbolic red starThere is a mythic uality to this post apocalyptic story if one can call it a story It is in fact a tightly coiled string of narratives circling itself endlessly smothering in its horrifying oneirism Set in a vast irradiated zone following the fall of the Second Soviet Union which spanned the globe the narrative grows through the influence of Solovyei a god like figure inexplicably bestowed with immortality through early contact with nuclear radiation which has flooded the taiga and its surroundings after an epic failure of the ubiuitous reactors providing energy to the towns and kolkhozes of the region Solovyei s headuarters is the Radiant Terminus kolkhoz in the Levanidovo Solovyei wields his dark power in unpredictable ways meddling in the dreams and minds of all around him in particular his three beautiful mutant daughters each born from a different unknown woman to which he has passed on his immortality and with whom he has an unnatural obsession And up on a hill beyond the kolkhoz inside a vast warehouse lives the Gramma Udgul Solovyei s first wife from long ago who shares his plutonium fueled immortality and now tends the sunken reactor core periodically feeding it with offerings of irradiated materialsInto or sprung from Solovyei s orbit comes the soldier Kronauer another central figure in the book He and his two comrades have fled the city which has fallen to the counter revolutionaries He arrives in the Levanidovo seeking aid for his sick comrade in the company of one of Solovyei s daughters whom he has rescued from near death in the forest Thus begins an often excruciating descent into Solovyei s world for both Kronauer and the reader Violated at times by streams of Solovyei s dark hermetic poetry the narrative weaves between the histories of the people surrounding Solovyei It is most effective at conceiving of and communicating the passage of time for those who know no death those solitary figures trudging through long lonely centuries characterized at times by a savage boredom At the center of the novel is the uestion of how much of what is happening is real and how much is merely a creation of Solovyei s disturbed mind Who has free will if anyone Who can and will die if anyone Is it all happening in the Bardo or in Solovyei s mind or somewhere else irreal surreal or real These uestions are perhaps not answerable but they lead to much speculation nonetheless

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