The Snail on the Slope

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Chicago Review Press
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5.8 X 0.9 X 8.7 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Arkady (1925-1991) and Boris (1933-2012) Strugatsky were the most famous and popular Russian writers of science fiction, with over twenty-five novels and novellas to their name, including Roadside Picnic, Hard to Be a God, The Doomed City, and Monday Starts on Saturday. Their books have been widely translated and made into a number of films.

Olena Bormashenko has been acclaimed for her translations of the Strugatskys' Roadside Picnic and Hard to Be a God.


"The Snail on the Slope may be the most dizzyingly concentrated dose of the Strugatskys' strange and powerful medicine." --Jonathan Lethem
"[Arkady and Boris Strugatsky] open windows in the mind and then fail to close them all, so that, putting down one of their books, you feel a cold breeze still lifting the hairs on the back of your neck." --New York Times
"One of the Strugatsky brothers is descended from Gogol and the other from Chekhov, but nobody is sure which is which." --Ursula K. Le Guin
"If Russian sci-fi can be said to have a soul, it resides with the brothers Strugatsky." --NPR
"Any Strugatsky opus shows them to be potent and resourceful tellers of tales . . . for the authors have grasped the secret of storytelling: good fiction is never primarily about ideas, but only about people and their interactions with ideas and with one another." --Theodore Sturgeon