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Roadside Picnic

Category: Book
Translated By: Bormashenko, Olena
Foreword By: Le Guin, Ursula K.
By (author): Strugatsky, Arkady
By (author): Strugatsky, Boris
Series: Rediscovered Classics
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Science Fiction / General
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Published: May 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 0.60in
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Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a "full empty," something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he'll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems.


First published in 1972, Roadside Picnic is still widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction novels, despite the fact that it has been out of print in the United States for almost thirty years. This authoritative new translation corrects many errors and omissions and has been supplemented with a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the strange history of the novel's publication in Russia.

Review Quote*"[A] vivid new translation... it has survived triumphantly as a classic." -Publishers Weekly
Review Quote*"The story is carried out with a controlled fierceness that doesn't waver for a minute."  -Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote*"Brilliantly and beautifully written . . . a truly superb work of science fiction."  -Infinity Plus
Review Quote*"Lively, racy, and likable . . . complex in event, imaginative in detail, ethically and intellectually sophisticated." -Ursula K. Le Guin
Review Quote*"Amazing. . . . The Strugatskys' deft and supple handling of loyalty and greed, of friendship and love, of despair and frustration and loneliness [produces] a truly superb tale. . . . You won't forget it."  -Theodore Sturgeon
Review Quote*"No doubt: a powerful, classic work of science fiction. Certainly recommended."  -The Complete Review 
Review Quote*"If you're going to read just one Soviet-era Russian science fiction novel, it should be Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's dark, ambiguous Roadside Picnic." -io9
Review Quote*"The Strugatskys' worldview remains both uniquely cutting and replete with humanity . . . The characters' conflicted views of their troubled world make for a read that still feels fresh today. It's also a book that's bound to make you feel a little less sure of humanity's place in the universe."  -Discover   
Review Quote*"Go read Roadside Picnic. It's a phenomenal book." -SF Signal