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Definitely Maybe (Neversink) by [Strugatsky, Arkady, Boris, Strugatsky]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3143 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (4 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Who knew genre could be quite so boring? This laboured farce sinks like a stone despite the translator's sterling efforts. (What farce isn't laboured?) I'm uncomfortably reminded of Gyula Krudy's Life is a Dream, which at least had the excuse of being published in 1931. This translation dates from 1978, with post-perestroika tweaks. I didn't know the term stir-crazy was current then..
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Time To Think 21 Feb. 2015
By Ian R Slutz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second book by the Stugastsky brothers that I read in 2014. Definitely Maybe forms the Yin to Hard to Be a God’s Yang. The novel trades fantastic frontiers for the living rooms of the Soviet Union's best scientific minds. Each are on the verge of a breakthrough but one thing leads to another and none find they can get anything done. The personalities of these academics are wonderfully developed. Furthermore, the researcher-to-researcher conversations ring true and remind me of dinner parties with my wife’s lab. The story is quite fine with an equal mix of humor and dread.
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely, a delightful read. 17 Oct. 2015
By Caraleisa - Published on Amazon.com
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Although written in 1976, this novella feels timeless. A group of scientists- a physicist, mathematician, biologist, social scientist- each on the verge of a brilliant breakthrough in their respective fields, encounter puzzling roadblocks to their continuing their work. From aliens to entropy, they ponder what the nature of this roadblock may be, and how they will each choose to resolve it.

It has a quintessentially Russian feel, and the authors' sophisticated, passionate, but wryly humorous writing is a delight. I'd give it a 9 out of ten. I can't wait to read more of their work!

As it was written during the time of the USSR, it was subjected to censorship; however, it is available in an unexpurgated version. There is a brief discussion afterward about some of the censored bits... I found some of them pretty amusing.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome book from regretfully not very well known in the USA authors 4 Feb. 2014
By AlbV - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all of the books of Arkady and Boris Strugatski and they are all great fun and especially well written. Most of them were written during the communist Soviet Union so they have some sentences that were inserted in order for the books to be published during such dark times. Greatly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars Free your mind 16 Jun. 2016
By Anthony Guerere - Published on Amazon.com
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A&B Strugatsky clearly wanted the world to know how oppressive their government was. They desperately invented sci-fi backstories to cover up true intentions. Every book is about common people being held down and enslaved by a higher power. If you've ever had a feeling of helplessness in the grand scheme of the world, read a few Strugatsky stories to realize there are others thinking the just the same.
6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Minimally different from 1978 version. New afterword. 30 Nov. 2014
By D. Merrill - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book under the impression it was a new translation of Definitely Maybe. The cover blurb states, "Which may be why Definitely Maybe has never before been available in an uncensored edition, let alone in English." This led me to believe this was in some way different from the version published by Macmillan in 1978. I've compared the two, without a complete reread of both, chapter by chapter. The only difference I spotted is a correction in the Neversink edition of the chapter breaks, leaving the Neversink with one less chapter. It looks like the Macmillan edition had an extra chapter break that wasn't supposed to be there. Otherwise, the text seems identical. There may be minor differences to the text, as the translator's note at the end suggests, but there appear to be the same number of pages here, so it probably isn't that much different. The major new part of the book is a translated three page afterword by Boris Strugatsky. It describes how the book came about and difficulties in its publication. One thing it lacks that I wish it had is an outline of the censored parts that were restored. I now feel the need to read them line by line, side by side.
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