The Queue


The Queue is "a bizarrely funny saga of a quintessential Russian institution, the interminably long line." The novel was written by Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin in 1983, and later published in English by Readers International in 1988. The Library Journal describes Sorokin’s work as being an “avant-garde experiment" with a "flair of nonsense." The Queue does not follow a traditional narrative style. Instead, it is told in dialogue form, so as to make the reader feel like they are part of the line. As described by the Library Journal, the text lacks description, setting, or stage direction. Instead it is filled with nothing but voices: snatches of conversation, rumors, jokes, howls of humor, roll calls, and sexy moans.
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date of publication: 2008
genre: novel

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