Vladimir Sorokin

What is life like in the world without paper books? In the world where they survive in museums or are used as barbecue charcoal at snobbish parties...

Following his novels Day of the Oprichnik and Telluria the author once again offers a terrifying prospect of the impending future. Worldwide war changes everything. Books aren't published or printed anymore and survive only in museums. A new trend is spreading among the rich snobs – book'n'grill where meat is prepared on the remains of paper books. They are supplied by a community of the cooks who prepare the food themselves. However, a group of people living in the caves of the mountain Manaraga attempts to bring the fancy snobbish time killer down to the mass and to fast foods...

Sorokin offers an unanticipated flow of thoughts on the relationship of humanity to printed word. What will the future of a printed book look like in the world of the wise fleas and holograms after the New Middle Ages and Second Islamic Revolution? Unusual calling of the main character – an illegal, a romantic, a master of one's craft makes us look at printed books in a new way. The novel of Sorokin can be read as an epitaph for printed books as well as a celebration of the eternal life.

Vladimir Sorokin (1955)

Contemporary postmodern Russian writer and dramatist, one of the most popular in modern Russian literature. Sorokin, who lives in Moscow, has been critical of the Putin Regime. Sorokin was born on 7 August 1955 in Bykovo, Moscow Oblast near Moscow. In 1972 he made his literary debut with a publication in the newspaper Za Kadry Neftyanikov (Russian: За кадры нефтяников, lit. For the petroleum industry human resources). He studied ... More.

Ján Štrasser (1946)

Editor, lyricist, writer, journalist and translator. John Strasser graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Department of Russian - Slovak. He worked as an editor, theater editor and journalist. He published ten collections of poetry, several books of a song texts and fourteen books of interviews with famous ... More.

Palo Bálik (1977)

Typographer, graphic designer and head of the Laboratory of the Department of Typography at the Faculty of Visual Communication at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava. In his free time he is devoted to organizing the exhibitions, lectures and popularization in the field of visual communication. Books with his layouts and graphic design have been awarded by many prizes. (Most Beautiful Books of Slovakia, Bratislava ... More.