"Irreducible to any unmarried literary style, the Volodinian cosmos is skillfully crafted, fusing parts of technological know-how fiction with magical realism and political commentary."—Nicholas Hauck, Music & Literature
One of Volodine's funniest books, Bardo or no longer Bardo takes position in his universe of failed revolutions, radical shamanism, and off-kilter nomenclature.
In each one of those seven vignettes, somebody dies and has to make his method in the course of the Tibetan afterlife, often referred to as the Bardo. within the Bardo, souls wander for forty-nine days ahead of being reborn, helped alongside on their trip via the lessons of the Book of the Dead.
Unfortunately, Volodine's characters bungle their probabilities at enlightenment, with the lately useless identifying to waste away their afterlife snoozing, or deciding on to be reborn as a trifling spider. The still-living are not far better off, creating a mess of items of their personal methods, equivalent to erroneously reciting a Tibetan cookbook to a misplaced comrade rather than the holy book.
Once back, Volodine has verified his variety and ambition, crafting a relocating, hysterical paintings approximately ameliorations and the facility of the book.
Antoine Volodine is the first pseudonym of a French author who has released twenty books lower than this identify, numerous of that are to be had in English translation, comparable to Minor Angels, and Writers. He additionally publishes less than the names Lutz Bassmann and Manuela Draeger.
J. T. Mahany is a graduate of the grasp of Arts in Literary Translation reviews software on the college of Rochester and is at present learning for his MFA on the collage of Arkansas.