Monday Starts on Saturday
Monday Starts on Saturday

Monday Starts on Saturday

By Boris Strugatsky, By Arkady Strugatsky, Translated by Andrew Bromfield, Foreword by Adam Roberts, Afterword by Boris Strugatsky

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304 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $15.99 (US $15.99) (CA $21.99)

Publication Date: October 2017

ISBN 9781613739235

Rights: US & CA

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2017)

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Overview

Sasha, a young computer programmer from Leningrad, is driving through the forests of Northwest Russia to meet up with some friends for a nature vacation. He picks up a couple of local hitchhikers, who persuade him to come work with them at the National Institute for the Technology of Witchcraft and Thaumaturgy, or NITWiT. The adventures Sasha has in the largely dysfunctional Institute involve all sorts of magical beings and devices—a wish-granting fish, a talking cat who can remember only the beginnings of stories, a sofa that translates fairy tales into reality, a motorcycle that can zoom into the imagined future, a hungry dog-size mosquito—along with a variety of wizards (including Merlin), vampires, and petty bureaucrats.First published in Russia in 1964, Monday Starts on Saturday has become the most popular Strugatsky novel in the authors' homeland. Like the works of Gogol and Kafka, it tackles the nature of institutions—here focusing on one devoted to discovering and perfecting human happiness. By turns wildly imaginative, hilarious, and disturbing, Monday Starts on Saturday is a comic masterpiece by two of the world's greatest science fiction writers.

Reviews

"Monday Starts on Saturday is not just an ingenious and gripping read but simply a delight from start to finish. . . . This is a novel with which to fall in love." —Adam Roberts, from his foreword

"This melding of bureaucracy and the numinous is highly enjoyable and impossible to compare to any other work."—Publishers Weekly

"A comic commentary reflecting Russia of the 60s, the Strugatsky brothers wove a clever tale that made it one of the most popular books in their country, ever."—Geeks of Doom

Author Biography

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were famous and popular Russian writers of science fiction, with more than twenty-five novels and novellas to their names, including Roadside Picnic, Hard to Be a God, The Doomed City, The Inhabited Island, The Snail on the Slope, The Dead Mountaineer's Inn, and Definitely Maybe. Their books have been widely translated and made into a number of films. Andrew Bromfield has translated into English works by Victor Pelevin, Boris Akunin, Sergei Lukyanenko, Mikhail Bulgakov, Daniil Kharms, Leo Tolstoy, and the Strugatsky brothers. Adam Roberts is the author of I Am Scrooge, Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea, Jack Glass, Yellow Blue Tibia, and other novels.