The World According to Novikoff (novel)

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The World According to Novikoff
AuthorAndrei Gusev
Original titleМир по Новикову
CountryRussia
LanguageRussian
GenreThriller, fantasy
Publisher"West-Consulting" (Russia)
Publication date
2007
Pages384 pp
ISBN978-5-903321-02-5
Preceded byWith Chronos’ Permit 

The World According to Novikoff (Russian: Мир по Новикову) is a thriller novel by Russian writer Andrei Gusev, published in 2007.

Plot[change | change source]

The novel covers the time period from nineties of the last century to zero years of the present century. We can see a wide panorama of life in Russia. The life of an ordinary man in modern Russia describes in the novel. At the same time The World According to Novikoff is a thriller novel which focuses on a plot to use nuclear materials by Islamic terrorists in Moscow.

The main character, Victor Novikoff is a painter. He works in “The New literary newspaper” in Moscow; later he works as an editor in the Russian Agency "Interteleks", which is easily guessed "Interfax". The last place of Victor Novikoff’ work is Trell publisher, which very similar to famous publishing Astrel, AST group from Moscow. He works here as a literary editor and he receives a manuscript in which the plot of Islamic terrorist acts describes. He must decide what to do with it. From him it depends largely: whether this manuscript will be accepted for publication as a literary story.

Literary features[change | change source]

The World According to Novikoff is a novel with a non-linear storyline. The angle of view combines all four parts of this novel: two points of view — male and female — on the same vital conflict, moral problems, erotic transactions.[1]

From an other side this novel is a mixt of thriller and fantasy. At the cover of the book we can read: "All the characters of this book, including famous politicians, are a figment of the imagination of the author. If you find some convergence with the Russian reality, then so much the worse for last".[2]

“After reading the book The World According to Novikoff by Andrei Gusev, I'm quite certain that it simply must be done bedside book each President to know how not to do a history, how not to lead the country. Kudos to Herostratus, destroyed one of the seven wonders of the world — the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, this is not the kind of Fame, to which we should aspire”. — Irina Gorunova [3]

Because of political reasons this novel was removed from some Russian literary portals.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ann Luchina “The Novel as a Mirror of Time”
  2. “Рецензии“, литературно-художественный журнал “Дети Ра“, № 9 – 10 (35-36), 2007 г.
  3. И.С.Горюнова «Современная русская литература: знаковые имена (статьи, рецензии, интервью)», “Litres”, 2015. — 278 c. (М., «Вест-Консалтинг», 2012) ISBN 5457199517, ISBN 9785457199514
  4. «Мир по Новикову» (“The World according to Novikoff”) — на портале Литсовет
  5. К.Чугункин «Как глоток уксуса» на Проза.ру, 16.11.2014

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