New recommended release in the humor category is an interesting offering from Deep Vellum Publishing. It’s the translation debut novel from award-winning Russian writer Dmitry Lipskerov. This english translation is a good one about post-Soviet attitudes about gender and sexuality.
This an solid absurdist story that mirror’s losing a certain appendage that some men think they can’t live without (reference to the first part of the title).
Check it out and support an independent publisher that is releasing a truly unique novel.
The Tool & the Butterflies by Dmitry Lipskerov
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The Tool and the Butterflies, Lipskerov’s eagerly anticipated English language debut, is not just a darkly comedic exploration of post-Soviet attitudes towards gender and sexuality…
DescriptionDmitry Lipskerov, an award-winning Russian writer compared throughout his career to Mikhail Bulgakov and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, focuses his unbridled imagination on the story of wealthy, satisfied Mr. Iratov, whose virile world is flipped upside-down. Taking a page from Gogol’s satirical story “The Nose,” wherein the protagonist loses his aforementioned facial feature, Lipskerov’s novel transposes such a loss onto a more delicate organ. The protagonist awakens one morning bereft of his tool; and the tool, which reappears, sentient and in a small village far away, without his man. Thus begins a novel both funny and absurd, in which characters come together across disparate social strata and with differing goals to weave the fate of a universe familiar yet fantastical, a perfect satire of the madness of Russian society today. The Tool and the Butterflies, Lipskerov’s eagerly anticipated English language debut, is not just a darkly comedic exploration of post-Soviet attitudes towards gender and sexuality, but also a historically and socially grounded narrative rich in naturalistic dialogue and everyday detail, and an engaging story of family and what matters most in life, in the grandest tradition of Russian literature.