Alexander Kabakov woke up famous after the publication of his 1989 work No Return, a work which, in that fast-changing time, portrayed Russia’s future – a fantastic and terrible future, but at the same time such a realistic picture. Civil war in Moscow, the collapse and disintegration of the system of life within which the Russian intelligentsia had existed, and as a result, the near extinction of that same intelligentsia – such are the events that unfold. The novel has withstood the test of time and is just an interesting a read today as when it came out. Much of what has happened in Russia over these last years is amazingly close to what Kabakov predicted.
The storyline of the hero fighting for survival lends the novel the excitement of a detective story or a thriller. The book is likely to appeal not only to those who are interested in Russia’s development and where it is going, but also to a broad public who enjoy a fast-paced and exciting read.
“Ce qu’il decouvre meritera sans doute a Alexandre Kabakov et a son recit, Non-retour, une place de choix dans les anthologies de la literature d’anticipation, aux cotes de Wells, Huxley, Orwell et Zamiatine…” - Jean-Louis Ezine, Le Novel Observateur
“…publication of Alexander Kabakov’s No Return was featured in international headlines… this is all people want to talk about… it is Mad Max goes to Moscow.” - The New Republic
“…for many people one of the biggest achievements of glasnost has been Alexander Kabakov’s recognition as an author.” - The Guardian, London