Cover of: Roadside Picnic by Борис Натанович Стругацкий
An edition of Roadside Picnic (1977)

Roadside Picnic

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Last edited by Drini
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An edition of Roadside Picnic (1977)

Roadside Picnic

  • 4.14 ·
  • 22 Ratings
  • 40 Want to read
  • 2 Currently reading
  • 25 Have read
Publish Date
Publisher
Penguin Books
Language
English
Pages
160

Comment by Hari Kunru in The Guardian:

Soviet-era Russian science fiction deserves a wider audience in English. The Strugatsky brothers collaborated on numerous novels and stories, the best known of which is this, partly because it was filmed by Andrei Tarkovsky as Stalker, in 1977. The novel takes place 10 years after a mysterious alien visitation, which seems to have no rational explanation. No one saw the visitors. Their presence caused disease and blindness in the areas where they landed. Now, in the six "Zones", the laws of physics (and, seemingly, of reality) are disturbed by anomalies, and littered with inexplicable, deadly wreckage. Only a few brave "stalkers" risk their lives to enter the zones to gather alien artefacts for sale. Some of these artefacts offer the promise of extraordinary powers. Unlike Tarkovsky's film, which concentrates on the hallucinatory, vacated landscape of the zones, the novels portray a society adapting to an inexplicable, terrifying event, an eruption of the unknown. Though written in 1971 and published in English in 1977, the novel was heavily bowdlerised by Soviet censors, and an authoritative text wasn't available in Russian until 2000. It's a book with an extraordinary atmosphere – and a demonstration of how science fiction, by using a single bold central metaphor, can open up the possibilities of the novel.

Original Title: Пикник на обочине

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Cover of: Roadside Picnic (SF Collector's Edition)
Roadside Picnic (SF Collector's Edition)
August 24, 2000, Gollancz
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Cover of: Roadside Picnic
Roadside Picnic
1982, Pocket Books
Cover of: Roadside Picnic
Roadside Picnic
1979, Penguin Books
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London

Edition Notes

Series
Penguin Science Fiction
Other Titles
Пикник на обочине (Russian); Picknick am Wegesrand (German); Bermtoeristen (Dutch); Stalker (French); Pícnic junto al camino (Spanish)
Copyright Date
1972
Translation Of
Пикник на обочине

Contributors

Translator
Antonina W. Bouis
Cover Art
Adrian Chesterman

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
160

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL9301254M
ISBN 10
014005135X
ISBN 13
9780140051353
OCLC/WorldCat
7441789
Library Thing
49011
Goodreads
759515

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June 11, 2020 Edited by Drini Merge works
May 16, 2018 Edited by Dirk_P_Broer Adrian Chesterman
May 16, 2018 Edited by Dirk_P_Broer Arkady Natanovich Strugatsky
May 16, 2018 Edited by Dirk_P_Broer cover artist, external IDs
April 30, 2008 Created by an anonymous user Imported from amazon.com record.