Angst (novel)

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Angst (novel) (Russian: Страх) is a 2001 "erotic mysticism novel with a detective plot"[1] by Oleg Postnov —a work that transgresses the genres, and yet the critics discern a panoply of literary and philosophical influences in the novel. The critics have claimed that Angst builds on the tradition of Pushkin's Queen of Spades, Gogol's (Russian: Вий and even on the writings of Jorge Luis Borges[8] Of course, the longer the list of the claimed influences, the more one questions the degree of any of the influences. Postnov's Angst took the first prize in the "Catch of 1999" Russian nationwide competition.[9]

Strah, the German translation 2003

Plot[edit]

A story of love of a Russian youth and a Ukrainian beauty is set in the deep Ukrainian country in 1991. Postnov's insightful treatment of the political and ethnographic background of that year became freshly relevant in 2014, when Ukraine's renewed struggle for territorial integrity captivated the world's attention again.

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

Postnov's Angst took the first prize in the "Catch of 1999"[2] Russian nationwide competition was nominated for the Russian Booker Prize of 2002;[3] for the National Bestseller Prize;[4] and shortlisted for the prestigious Apollon Grigoriev Prize.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The critics have described Postnov's work as an amalgamation of the Russian's classics—"as if [Vladimir] Nabokov took on a rewrite of Gogol's Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka[6]—with the added "macabre of Edgar Allan Poe."[7] The critics have claimed that Angst builds on the tradition of Pushkin's Queen of Spades, Gogol's Russian: Вий and even on the writings of Jorge Luis Borges [1] In Germany, where the critics took Angst to be Postnov's literary debut, Die Berliner Literaturktitik compared the book to Nabokov's Lolita and called Postnov a "magician."[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Danilkin, Lev (May 2001). "Kolyaska: Rukopis, naidennaya Olegom Postnovym". Afisha. 9 (55): 94. 
  2. ^ Editor's List, ULOV (Catch of the Year). "Setevoi Literaturny Konkurs". Strakh. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  3. ^ Editorial. "The News, Booker Prize, Voprosy bez otvetov". Gramota Ru. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  4. ^ Oleg, Postnov. "Setevaya Slovestnost". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  5. ^ Vasilevski, Andrei. "Литературная премия имени Аполлона Григорьева". Russki Zhurnal. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  6. ^ Tokarchuk, Maria (2001-10-22). "Lolita v tyomnykh alleyach". Knizhnoe Obozrenie. 43 (1845): 5. 
  7. ^ Lopushanskaya, Elena (2002-02-21). Russkaya Mysl'. Paris. 4397. 
  8. ^ Die Berliner Literaturkritik (December 11, 2003). "Die große, unerfüllte Liebe, Oleg Postnows Romandebüt "Angst"".