Rats and human beings aren't that far apart from each other in "The Rat-Killer". As the political intrigue of phantasmagorical post-communist reality develops into nightmare, the greed, cunning and malice of the humans more and more resemble the behaviour of the large communities of destructive rodents, while the rats acquire more and more human features. Svetloyar is bidding to be included in the list of historical towns making up Russia's famous "golden Ring" around Moscow, a lucrative tourist route. However, aside from the problem that it has no history (having been entirely constructed during the Stalinist period), the place is over- run by rats, so two pest-controllers are summoned from Moscow.What follows is an astute interrogation of the nature of both humanity and history, as Terekhov subtly sets alongside the narrator's desire for the re- ional dictator's wife with his perpetual concern for the destruction of rats.
Whilst clearly a novel of the classical Russian tradition, "The Rat-Killer" also incorporates the more experimental and satirical aesthetic of Soviet writers such as Bulgakov, and as the narrator's perception of reality be-comes increasingly warped, so does our experience of the almost comically grotesque landscape around him.
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(198mm x 128mm x 25mm)
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Author Biography - Alexander Terekhov
Alexander Terekhov graduated from Moscow University's Department of Journalism and won acclaim as a writer of short stories. His work has since been translated into French, German and English. He spent his childhood in a small industrial town in central Russia, which still preserved "the spirit of the early builders of communism", and his resulting disillusionment underlies both the complex structure and the atmospheric milieu of The Rat Killer