The Slynx

by Tatyana Tolstaya, Jamey Gambrell

Two hundred years after civilization ended in an event known as the Blast, Benedikt isn’t one tocomplain.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 297 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.8 out of 5
  • Published April 17th 2007 by NYRB Classics
  • Original Title: Кысь
  • ISBN: 1590171969 (ISBN13: 9781590171967)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Benedikt
  • Literary Awards: Triumf Award
  • Премия «Триумф» (2001)

Two hundred years after civilization ended in an event known as the Blast, Benedikt isn’t one to complain. He’s got a job—transcribing old books and presenting them as the words of the great new leader, Fyodor Kuzmich, Glorybe—and though he doesn’t enjoy the privileged status of a Murza, at least he’s not a serf or a half-human four-legged Degenerator harnessed to a troika. He has a house, too, with enough mice to cook up a tasty meal, and he’s happily free of mutations: no extra fingers, no gills, no cockscombs sprouting from his eyelids. And he’s managed—at least so far—to steer clear of the ever-vigilant Saniturions, who track down anyone who manifests the slightest sign of Freethinking, and the legendary screeching Slynx that waits in the wilderness beyond.