Picnic sul ciglio della strada

Stalker

270 pages

Italian language

Published Jan. 31, 2022 by Marcos y Marcos.

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978-88-9294-055-0
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Roadside Picnic (Russian: Пикник на обочине, Piknik na obochine, IPA: [pʲɪkˈnʲik nɐ ɐˈbotɕɪnʲe]) is a philosophical science fiction novel by Soviet-Russian authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, written in 1971 and published in 1972. It is the brothers' most popular and most widely translated novel outside the former Soviet Union. As of 2003, Boris Strugatsky counted 55 publications of Roadside Picnic in 22 countries.The story is published in English in a translation by Antonina W. Bouis. A preface to the first American edition was written by Theodore Sturgeon. Stanisław Lem wrote an afterword to the German edition of 1977. The book has been the source of many adaptations and other inspired works in a variety of media, including stage plays, video games, and television series. The 1979 film Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, is loosely based on the novel, with a screenplay written by the Strugatsky brothers. The term stalker became …

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This is a second Slovenian translation of Roadside Picnic and this time we got uncensored version of the book translated by the same translator. It has a very informative foreword which speaks about the fight that brothers Strugacky with the Soviet Union state bureaucracy to get this work published. What is really interested is that the censors in the end took out the bad language in the swear words. Roadside picnic is, according to the foreword, one of the few books that won the battle against censorship. The book is apolitical with slight anti-capitalist subtone so it is hard to imagine why it was not approved by the censors in the first place.

Regarding the book itself it is very gripping sci-fi thriller that questions what is humanity. It is almost at the top of my suggestion list.

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Il romanzo fondamentale del cyberpunk è indubbiamente Neuromante di William Gibson. L'elemento essenziale è sicuramente la presenza di tecnologia di rete e come questa si integra con l'essere umano. L'obiettivo principale è esaminare l'essenza dell'essere umano, motivo per cui un autore come Philip Dick viene considerato dallo stesso Gibson un ispiratore, se non addirittura un precursore del genere. Altro elemento essenziale del cyberpunk è l'ambientazione dentro la quale i protagonisti si muovono: i bassifondi di un mondo in decadenza. A volte succede che questi bassifondi sono anche a contatto con sostanze artificali, generalmente di produzione umana, che influenzano in maniera negativa i comportamenti delle persone. Ed è proprio in uno di questi ultimi casi che ricade Picnic sul ciglio della strada dei fratelli russi Arkadi e Boris Strugackij o Stugatzki. La storia è abbastanza semplice: accanto a sei città differenti della Terra compaino improvvisamente delle particolari Zone al …

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