Rights sold: China - LITZIAN, France - GALLIMARD, AWorld English - Readers International,
Winner of the 1993 Russian Booker Award
Baize-Covered Table with Decanter describes one man's psychological torture as he faces an impending visit to be interrogated at the Table for a perceived, minor infraction. Makanin describes in some detail each character present at the Table, their purpose, techniques, and psychology. He also descibes in flashbacks the physical torture of suspects in Soviet days past and the mental torture of some as they are forcibly drugged in state mental hospitals. The book contains a few sections with an adult material not appropriate for minors; one scene in particular describes the sexual abuse of a corpse and is really quite disturbing.
Makanin does a good job describing the moral corruption of Russian/Soviet society. Neighbor is turned...
Shortlisted for the Big Book National Literary Award (2006, Russia)
Rights sold: Finland - SILTALA, France - GALLIMARD, Germany - HANSER, Hungary - MAGVETO, Iran - SALESS PUBLICATIONS, Korea - EULYOO, Russia - EKSMO, AST, Serbia - PAIDEIA
Ever since this book appeared in Russia, it was an overwhelming success. Each Ulitskaya's book is a case by itself, a step forward and towards the new territories of prose. Similar to her other title published lately (Daniel Stein), in this work the Author matures towards a kaleidoscopic vision of destinies of different people, a wide tapestry of the modern life composed of the lives of people around her. In her interviews, the Author on several occasions stated that she «never invents anything», and that all her plots, no matter how extraordinary and fantastic they may seem, happened to somebody she knows: she just manages to penetrate the pattern of...