In the literary sense, Vladimir Sorokin was always a loner. Conceptualist and radical, who began as a painter under the influence of 'Lianozovo school', he has never belonged to any literary groups. Combined usually because of weakness so for tactical reasons. Sorokin, yet it was not necessary. The strength of his talent was so obvious that even recognized its aesthetic opponents. And they have enough Sorokin. The reason for this is easy to understand, revealing any of his works – is a tough read, reminds us more about the Marquis de Sade than the high moral pathos of the great Russian literature, which we loved so much poison in high school.
Curiously enough for underground and marginal, his literary destiny going well. In 80 of his works have become sensations in the narrow literary circles, begin to go abroad. In the 90's, he translated into a dozen foreign languages, as well as many published in his homeland. Not so long ago, even went smartly decorated two-volume collected works