Hard to Be a God. Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, trans. from the Russian by Olena Bormashenko. Chicago Review (IPG, dist.), $ trade. I’ve been rereading the Strugatsky Brothers, prompted perhaps by the recent death of Boris Strugatsky. It’s been ten years or so since I last immersed myself in . But for Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, who lived and worked in the Soviet Union at One of the central novels in the Noon Universe is Hard To Be a God ().

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Review is completely rewritten on December 28, An adventurous, dark tale that questions the results of totalitarianism, it is not difficult to read. Hard To Be a God is, a book that hides a lot under the fast paced surface of the story. By exploring the dysfunctions of that world, the Strugatskys were able to create a subversive literature that escaped the censor’s knife.

At least the rating is still the same: Proper names and places evoked the wrong meanings for me so maybe it’s my fault I didn’t enjoy it more. It quickly harx clear why an inexperienced rookie agent was chosen for such a complex mission: Another strugatxky conversation follows Don Rumata’s conversation with ‘Arata the Beautiful,’ a man fighting for freedom from tyranny and oppression who asks Rumata to provide him with the proverbial ‘fire from heaven’ with which to strike down all the oppressors.

Apr 07, Manday rated it it was amazing Shelves: Brodsky would have hadd his eyebrows. Trivia About Hard to Be a God. She dies in Rumata’s arms. This culture that he witnesses is a mix of medieval feudalism and 20th century totalitarianism, with secret police and attacks on literate, artistic individuals – writers, poets, artists, musicians, scientists, philosophers, etc.

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A wonderful novel about oppression, the human condition, evil, satire, and imagination. He is a good man, whose humanity strugasky outraged more and more daily, and he is teetering on the edge of losing it the whole book, view spoiler [and when he finally he pushed over the edge?

A friend pointed out to eb that to truly appreciate the relevance of this story to actual human events, one only has to note the environment in which the authors lived which happened to be communist Russia. And then comes the associated process of the broad sttugatsky of society: He had god-like powers to stop bad guys, but could not use them. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


He particularly advises to send Rumata’s lover, Kira, to Earth with utmost speed, as “all that we hold dear should be either in our hearts or on Earth”. But perhaps what saves the novel from remaining just that is that the parallels are not limited to one historical situation.

As with other Strugatsky novels, that question is not answered until the very end of the book. Rumata has attempted to save the most talented poets, writers, doctors and scientists, smuggling them abroad into neighboring countries.

Hard to Be a God

His mission was to spend some time as a mere observer on an undeveloped planet where people still lived during what looked like Earth’s middle ages. Anton is covertly trying to further the medieval age humans with his fellow comrades.

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O carte cu tot felul de idei interesante. Arkady and Boris Strugatsky are widely known as the greatest Russian writers of science fiction, and their novel Hard to Be a God is considered one of the greatest of their works.

Strange Horizons – Hard To Be a God by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky By Gautam Bhatia

One of the most popular Strugatsky ‘s novels, Hard to Be a God was adapted multiple times on different media. It tackles huge, universal themes – the nature of man kind, the course of history, the role of man in society, and many other things.

Forced advancement of the social system within Russia and other places didn’t necessarily succeed, though the temptation of interfering was strong and seemed right. One of the central novels in the Noon Universe is Hard To Be a Godwhich for the last fifty years has only been available in a double translation—from Russian to English via German.

Written by two Russian brothers in the midth century in response to political pressure on art and artistic works under Khrushchev, Hard to be a God is about one man’s struggle with the questions of how far to go to save others and live by his moral code, and if he can observe without interfering.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is important to stress that Strugatskys did not mean “active” “hands-on” God – they meant the God, who never interferes and instead only observes – and that is WHY for humans it is hard to be such a God! The Earthmen doused the entire city with a sleep-inducing gas, but before that Anton-Rumata had fought his way through the city towards the palace, covered in blood, where he finally killed Reba.

This deficiency has finally been remedied. Although Hard To Be a God was written four years before Soviet tanks rolled into Prague to “correct” the natural progression of history, the allegory is unmistakable. It is wrong, and he shouldn’t have done it, there is no question of that. The story kind of drops its readers in the midst of Don Rumata’s work.


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He contented himself by vocalizing several verses from the prohibited to sing secular romance “I am like a scarlet flower in your little palm”, then began to snore loudly. And these people cannot exist and certainly cannot function in the former atmosphere of low self-interest, banal preoccupations, dull self-satisfaction, and purely carnal needs. Sooner or later they will be forced to allow universities and scientific societies, to create research centers, observatories, and laboratories, and thus to create a cadre of people of thought and knowledge: This novel imagines that Earth achieved perfect Communism, and the Moscow Historical Society sends agents out to other worlds to guide the development of the human condition with a subtle invisible hand.

The protagonist, Don Rumata, is on I’ve waited a long time to read this book, due to its rarity and price, but it was thankfully recently republished and I had to get my hands on it, being such a fan of Soviet science-fiction and the Strugatsky brothers in particular Roadside Picnic The novel follows Anton, an undercover operative from the future planet Earth, in his mission on an alien planet that is populated by human beings whose society has not advanced beyond the Middle Ages.

Anton has taken the role of Don Rumata. For the film, see Hard to Be a God film. His mental condition gently starts to deteriorate as he spends time in a vastly different environment than he is accustomed to. Maria White Just finished reading this novel in the original. I highly recommend this book for those who love fantasy, but maybe want to read something a little more scholastic. A group of earthlings are monitoring this society covertly and it is through the eyes of one of the earth born humans that resides amongst this society that we get a good look into the mirror of the past and into the magnifying glass of t This is one of the best books ever!