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Roadside Picnic

By Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Ursula K. Le Guin

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Format: Paperback, 209 pages
Published In: United States, 01 May 2012
Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a full empty, something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he ll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems.

First published in 1972, Roadside Picnicis still widely regarded asone of the greatest science fiction novels, despite the fact that it has been out of print in the United States for almost thirty years. This authoritative new translation corrects many errors and omissions and has been supplemented with a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the strange history of the novel s publication in Russia."

About the Author

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are the most famous and popular Russian writers of science fiction, and the authors of over 25 novels and novellas. Their books have been widely translated and have been made into a number of films. Arkady Strugatsky died in 1991. Boris Strugatsky died in November 2012. Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and other science-fiction classics.

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"Go read Roadside Picnic. It's a phenomenal book." --SF Signal "[a] vivid new translation... it has survived triumphantly as a classic." "Publishers Weekly"" Go read Roadside Picnic. It s a phenomenal book. SF Signal" "Lively, racy, and likable . . . complex in event, imaginative in detail, ethically and intellectually sophisticated." --Ursula K. Le Guin "Amazing. . . . The Strugatskys' deft and supple handling of loyalty and greed, of friendship and love, of despair and frustration and loneliness [produces] a truly superb tale. . . . You won't forget it." --Theodore Sturgeon "[T]his is a fantastic book. One of my favorite recommendations of the year." --Boing Boing "The Strugatskys' worldview remains both uniquely cutting and replete with humanity . . . The characters' conflicted views of their troubled world make for a read that still feels fresh today. It's also a book that's bound to make you feel a little less sure of humanity's place in the universe." --Discover "If you're going to read just one Soviet-era Russian science fiction novel, it should be Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's dark, ambiguous Roadside Picnic." --io9 "No doubt: a powerful, classic work of science fiction. Certainly recommended." --The Complete Review "Brilliantly and beautifully written . . . a truly superb work of science fiction." --Infinity Plus "The story is carried out with a controlled fierceness that doesn't waver for a minute." --Kirkus Reviews "[A] vivid new translation... it has survived triumphantly as a classic." --Publishers Weekly "[Roadside Picnic] reminds us how well science fiction explores humanity" --Sacramento News & Review "A new translation of Roadside Picnic is a major event. The novel is routinely included in lists of the 100 greatest science fiction novels, and its influence of popular culture is immense....Besides [Ursula] Le Guin's foreword, the Chicago Review Press edition contains a witty afterword by Boris Strugatsky." --The Oregonian "Really interesting...a pretty wild Soviet publishing battle tale." --"Greyt Thoughts" blog

EAN: 9781613743416
ISBN: 1613743416
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Dimensions: 21.59 x 13.72 x 1.78 centimetres (0.35 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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