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Zero Train [Paperback]

Yuri Buida , Oliver Ready

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April 1 2007
Erotic, brutal, mysterious and moving, The Zero Train takes place at a lonely Soviet railway settlement run by the secret police. Employees suspect something sinister about the unknown cargo of a sealed 100-car train; they become increasingly obsessed with the provenance of the Zero Train. The denoument leads to madness and murder. The Zero Train is also a dense web of symbols examining the nature of life lived in the service of an ideal neither known or understood -- a study of the ordinary individual under Stalinism.
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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Dedalus; Tra edition (April 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903517524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903517529
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,908,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Zero Train ' It's a brutally powerful book, set in a landscape of railway track and sidings that could have been postulated by Beckett, but shot through with grotesque, surreal lyricism.'All the women he'd ever known had smelt of cabbage.Boiled cabbage. Every single one.' Except Fira.He saw her naked once, washing, ' her heart and its bird-like beat, the gauzy foam of her lungs and her smoky liver, the silver bell of her bladder and the fragile bluish bones floating in the pink jelly of her flesh'. A sensational novel, moving, unforgettable.'Brian Case in Time Out 'Set during the Soviet era, this remarkable novel was shortlisted for The Russian Booker Prize. A remote, police-run settlement called the Ninth Siding exists only for the mysterious Zero Train that halts there. Buida uses the idea as the basis for a haunting Kafkaesque parable of Russian history.' Harry Blue in Scotland On Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Yuri Buida is a respected and prolific Russian writer. His surreal, mythic tales explore questions of identity. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars A Political fable May 25 2014
By An admirer of Saul - Published on Amazon.com
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Ivan Ardabyev works at Station nine, a settlement in the Soviet Union run by the secret police and one of the refuelling stops of the Zero Train; a train that passes through daily carrying an unknown cargo to an unknown destination. But things start to disintegrate ; the army leave and people leave. Just Ardabyev stays , a man the political master said they could always rely on....
A short fable/parable of the way men are so easily controlled and governed by dogmas and ideals they have no feeling for or knowledge of. We just service the great beast that, in the end, dies after its era of murder and destruction has passed, just to be replaced by something pretty much the same; mans next big idea. Claiming to create justice freedom and equality, all of our great political ideals have done the opposite.
This is a great tale, its just that I can't help feeling this loses the power and impact it would have had if it were published in the 60's or 70's. Its more than common knowledge that the Soviet/communist system was an abysmal failure, but this allows the naïve to think 'It cant happen here'; I just felt the message would have more impact if set in a world similar to the one created by Orwell in '1984' where the huge warning is about politics and its all consuming insatiable appetite for power. But that's because I did read all the major Soviet dissident novels when their impact really hit; captured the zeitgeist of the times back then, but that era is gone.
A great book I cant fault , its -just for me- a road I've been on many times before, but then again, one so easy for us to slip back onto...

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