Their four hearts
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Lawton, Max, translator.
Klassen, Gregory, illustrator.
Published
Dallas : Dalkey Archive Press, 2022.
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Book
ISBN
9781628973969, 162897396X
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208 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Published
Dallas : Dalkey Archive Press, 2022.
Language
English
ISBN
9781628973969, 162897396X

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"Their Four Hearts follows the violent and nonsensical missions carried out by a group of four characters who represent Socialist Realist archetypes: Seryozha, a naive and optimistic young boy; Olga, a dedicated female athlete; Shtaube, a wise old man; and Rebrov, a factory worker and a Stakhanovite embodying Soviet manhood. However, the degradation inflicted upon them is hardly a Socialist Realist trope. Are the acts of violence they carry out a more realistic vision of what the Soviet Union forced its "heroes" to live out? A corporealization and desacralization of self-sacrificing acts of Soviet heroism? How the Soviet Union truly looked if you were to strip away the ideological infrastructure? As we see in the long monologs Shtaube performs for his companions--some of which are scatological nonsense and some of which are accurate reproductions of Soviet language--Sorokin is interested in burrowing down to the libidinal impulses that fuel a totalitarian system and forcing the reader to take part in them in a way that isn't entirely devoid of esthetic pleasure. As presented alongside Gregory Klassen's brilliant charcoal illustrations, which have been compared to the work of Bruno Schulz by Alexander Genis and the work of Ralph Steadman as filtered through Francis Bacon by several gallerists, this angular work of fiction becomes a scatological storybook-world that the reader is dared to immerse themselves in"--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Sorokin, V., Lawton, M., & Klassen, G. (2022). Their four hearts . Dalkey Archive Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Sorokin, Vladimir, 1955-, Max, Lawton and Gregory, Klassen. 2022. Their Four Hearts. Dalkey Archive Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Sorokin, Vladimir, 1955-, Max, Lawton and Gregory, Klassen. Their Four Hearts Dalkey Archive Press, 2022.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Sorokin, Vladimir, Max Lawton, and Gregory Klassen. Their Four Hearts Dalkey Archive Press, 2022.

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