Vaya con dios, Prilepin!, April 13, 2014
By Matti Paasio
This review is from: Erämaan hutsu: eli Tilikum Chomsudovsky (Finnish Edition) (Kindle Edition)
This book has convinced me that the dream about a Greater Finland after the Winter War wasn't just a pipe dream. Goddamn, Finnish ice hockey players kicked the butts of the Russians in Putin's very own Olympics - and now Finnish authors are doing it as well. Paasio and Petteri Paksuniemi write stuff that makes the nazbol writer Zakhar Prilepin hide his head in shame. Chin up, Zakhar! After all, you're the best Russia has to offer. Against the Finns that just isn't much.
The book I tried to review is, of course, one of my own. Make your own conclusions...
This one, however, they did publish...
Prilepin is okay...,
This review is from: Sin (Kindle Edition)
This collection of stories is very, very good... for a Russian title. It can hardly compete with the works of the Ukrainian Serhiy Zhadan or Finn Petteri Paksuniemi. Why is that? Since Prilepin at his most observant, most humane, most BUDDHIST can't shake his macho pose... which, I'm afraid, is an essential part of his national heritage.
I gritted my teeth, trying to ignore the dreams of Greater Russia being fulfilled minute by minute in the real world as I read... and, in the end, couldn't do it. I'm sorry, Zakhar. Eventually, you're only as good as the man - and the mob - you've chosen that represents you. If you think one of them, at least, is special, somehow.
A confession, I guess, is in order here. I only started reading Prilepin as a literary, Russian (I KNOW) substitute for Dmitry Yarosh.
I hadn't read the last story of the book - about Chechnya - when I wrote the beginning of this review. Then I gave "Sin" only three stars. But, as much as I hate to admit it, "The Sergeant" raised the work to another level entirely.
However, I had to cancel my pre-order of "Saynka" - I simply abhor Prilepin's views about Ukraine. That shit has to stop.
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