New in Paperbackâ€śA postmodern literary masterpiece.â€ť â€“The Times Literary SupplementTwo hundred years after civilization ended in an event known as the Blast, Benedikt isnâ€™t one to complain. Heâ€™s got a jobâ€”transcribing old books and presenting them as the words of the great new leader, Fyodor Kuzmich, Glorybeâ€”and though he doesnâ€™t enjoy the privileged status of a Murza, at least heâ€™s not a serf or a half-human four-legged Degenerator harnessed to a troika. He has a house, too, with enough mice to cook up a tasty meal, and heâ€™s happily free of mutations: no extra fingers, no gills, no cockscombs sprouting from his eyelids. And heâ€™s managedâ€”at least so farâ€”to steer clear of the ever-vigilant Saniturions, who track down anyone who manifests the slightest sign of Freethinking, and the legendary screeching Slynx that waits in the wilderness beyond. Â Tatyana Tolstayaâ€™s The Slynx reimagines dystopian fantasy as a wild, horripilating amusement park ride. Poised between Nabokovâ€™s Pale Fire and Burgessâ€™s A Clockwork Orange, The Slynx is a brilliantly inventive and shimmeringly ambiguous work of art: an account of a degraded world that is full of echoes of the sublime literature of Russiaâ€™s past; a grinning portrait of human inhumanity; a tribute to art in both its sovereignty and its helplessness; a vision of the past as the future in which the future is now.