Vladimir Sorokin's Languages


Tine Roesen, University of Copenhagen; Dirk Uffelmann, University of Passau; Mark Lipovetsky, University of Colorado; Peter Deutschmann, University of Graz; Nadezhda Grigoryeva, University of Tübingen; Maxim Marusenkov, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Nariman Skakov, Stanford University; Ilya Kalinin, St Petersburg State University; Manuela Kovalev, University of Vienna; Martin Paulsen, University of Bergen; José Alaniz, University of Washington; Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya, Florida State University; Brigitte Obermayr, Freie Universität Berlin; Marina Aptekman, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Ingunn Lunde, University of Bergen; Ilya Kukulin, Higher School of Economics; Vladimir Sorokin


Since coming to the attention of a broader Russian public after the pro-Putin youth movement Walking Together stirred up a storm over Blue Lard in 2002, Vladimir Sorokin has indisputably become one of the most prominent and prolific writers in contemporary Russia, and remains surrounded by an aura of political dissent.

The first book in English dedicated to Sorokin’s œuvre, this volume discusses language as the
main focal point of his writing. The contributions focus on the multifaceted dimensions of language(s) and metalanguage(s) in Sorokin’s works, including archaisms and neologisms, foreign terms or intercultural stereotypes, colloquial and vulgar language, metadiscursive distance and the materialization of metaphors. The volume also includes a roundtable discussion on translation, in which Sorokin himself takes part.


  • Contents
  • Introduction
    Tine Roesen, Dirk Uffelmann
  • Fleshing/Flashing Discourse
    Mark Lipovetsky
  • Narrative Discourse in Sorokin’s Prose
    Peter Deutschmann
  • Speak, Heart…
    Vladimir Sorokin’s Mystical Language
    Nadezhda Grigoryeva
  • The Blue Lard of Language
    Vladimir Sorokin’s Metalingual Utopia
    Ilya Kalinin
  • The Romantic Conflict between the Ideal and Reality in Vladimir Sorokin’s Oeuvre
    Maxim Marusenkov
  • Word/Discourse in Roman
    Nariman Skakov
  • Empty Words? The Function of Obscene Language(s) in Vladimir Sorokin’s Blue Lard
    Manuela Kovalev
  • The Chinese Future of Russian Literature
    “Bad Writing” in Sorokin’s Oeuvre
    Dirk Uffelmann
  • The Latin Alphabet in Sorokin’s Works
    Martin Paulsen
  • The Writer’s Speech
    Stuttering, Glossolalia and the Body in Sorokin’s A Month in Dachau
    José Alaniz
  • Vladimir Sorokin’s Abject Bodies
    Clones and the Crisis of Subjecthood
    Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya
  • Choosing a Different Example Would Mean Telling a Different Story
    On Judgement in Day of the Oprichnik
    Brigitte Obermayr
  • Drive of the Oprichnik
    On Collectivity and Individuality in Day of the Oprichnik
    Tine Roesen
  • The Old New Russian
    The Dual Nature of Style and Language in Day of the Oprichnik and Sugar Kremlin
    Marina Aptekman
  • Simultaneity of the Non-Simultaneous
    On the Diachronic Dimensions of Language in Sorokin
    Ingunn Lunde
  • From History as Language to the Language of History
    Notes on The Target
    Ilya Kukulin
  • Roundtable
    Translating Sorokin/Translated Sorokin
    Tine Roesen, Dirk Uffelmann, Vladimir Sorokin
  • Contributors
  • Index of Names
  • Colophone


April 29, 2022

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