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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So my sentence would be more precise in the following form: In the Chicago Review Press published the first English translation, by Olena Bormashenko, made directly from the Russian original. I promise you’ll like this book.

Now in limited release, the science-fiction-fantasy feature Hard to Be a God is a carnival of human detritus — spiritual, physical, moral, political — unlike anything ever committed to film. Read more about Strange Horizons ‘ funding model, or donate, here. What is unique about the setting of Hard To Be a God is that the internal destruction of individual freedom under Stalinism is transformed into an external set of constraints that are ultimately as morally destructive.

Yet, they cannot interfere, shortcircuit the curse of history a It’s intelligent, and philosophical, and it makes you angry, and it makes you think, and it makes you hope. Maria White Just finished reading this novel in the original. In kind of a T 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.


This is an utopian world of the future. It quickly becomes clear why an inexperienced rookie agent was chosen for such a complex mission: Once again, Rumata realizes his limitations as a God, and though Arata was a man before his time, he could not oblige his request; causing Arata to tell Rumata that it would be better if he and his comrades had never come at all.

Hard to Be a God

She dies in Rumata’s arms. Or maybe it’s just me. Don Rumata has been sent from Earth to the medieval kingdom of Arkanar with instructions to observe and to save what he can.

The first is that Hard to be a God is essentially plotless, and pretty repetitive. Reasons are given below.

Not convinced, but left with no other choice, Rumata agrees to continue his work. The conflict arises when regime in Arkanar start killing intellectuals.

Aug 27, Sandra rated struggatsky really liked it Recommended to Sandra by: Original Fiction in But when Kira gets killed, it’s suddenly alright for him to go and stab everything and we don’t even learn what are the consequences of his actions for Arkanar.

Doesn’t help that the female characters are, as in many old books, abysimal. Sent by the committee, Anton has a mandate of non-intervention that, well, makes it hard for him to be a god.

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See my post on The Book Adventures for read-alikes. Arcady has worked as a Japanese teacher in one of schools located in the city of Kansk. View all 5 comments.

Hard To Be A Goda project begun in the mids as a commentary on Stalinism and filmed in early- to mids, looks, at least in part, like an attack on Putin-era Russia.

Another philosophical conversation follows Don Rumata’s conversation with ‘Arata the Beautiful,’ a man fighting dtrugatsky 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.

The goal of this research is nominally benign: In a series strugtsky novels, set in the “Noon Universe,” the Strugatskys imagined a future in which the Marxist theory of history had been vindicated, a classless utopia established, and humans were now a space-faring species in a peaceful galaxy.

Think about how often you hear people cussing God, criticising Him for not doing something to prevent certain tragedies. That it is 52 years old makes all the difference; that it is an excellent example of its niche solidifies the place History has given it.