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Monday Starts on Saturday

Monday Starts on Saturday

Book - 2018
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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 devicesa 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 institutionshere 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 worlds greatest science fiction writers.
Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, [2018]
ISBN: 9781613739235
1613739230
Call Number: SF STRUGATS
Characteristics: xi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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fugeninkan
Nov 08, 2019

This is the fifth book I've read by the Strugatsky Brothers, after Roadside Picnic, The Time Wanderers, The Doomed City and Prisoners of Power. It is definitely the most imaginative one that I've read. It's all about these wizards and all their humorous antics at the National Institute for the Technology of Witchcraft and Thaumaturgy (NITWit). There isn't really any plot to speak of, but all of the strange stuff going on is entertaining enough.

The book is divided up into three stories: The Commotion Over The Sofa, Vanity of Vanities, and All Kinds of Commotion. And a whole lot of commotion is a good way to describe this book. My favorite stories were The Commotion Over The Sofa and All Kinds of Commotion. The later story deals with time travel and countermotion which is when things travel from the future to the past rather than in the usual way.

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