Victor Erofeyev, legendary chronicler of Russia’s perpetual apocalypse and author of the cult book The Good Stalin, makes a stunning return to the stage of world literature. Akimudia is a breathtaking dystopian thriller, a blend of history and science fiction that ventures a glance into the future to apply the lessons of the past to a world in which Russia decides its fate. Moscow witnesses the embassy opening ceremonies of a land you won’t find on any map. The mysterious country goes by the name of Akimudia. The relationship between Moscow
and Akimudia sets off a chain of extraordinary events running the gamut between comedy and absurdity, poetry and tragedy, involving lovers and spies… But first, the dead return. It is a veritable invasion: they take over completely, moving into the homes of the living, and total chaos holds sway . The supreme commander fires orders at his ministers and the Patriarch of Russia declares Akimudia to be the land of the Devil. Meanwhile, the beautiful Katya – working under cover as Fink – is dispatched to keep tabs on the Akimudian ambassador, who ends up being crucified on Red Square. Is he the new son of God? Has he been sent to redeem Russia, and will Russia in turn redeem the world?
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