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Sewer, Gas & Cyrillic

A little over a year ago, a Moscow publishing house named Eksmo bought the Russian translation rights to Sewer, Gas & Electric. Now, thanks to LJer rasteehead, here's a look at the cover:

Russian SGE

Obviously the art's been repurposed from elsewhere, but I think they did a nice job of matching the mood of the story, and even the details aren't as off as might first appear. You could definitely find buildings like that in lower Manhattan (complete with flames), and while there's no specific mention of graffitied monorails in Sewer, the concept of monorails fits the general Retro Future aesthetic of the novel.

Also, there's just something very cool about seeing my name in Cyrillic.

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kate_schaefer
Feb. 12th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
The idea of modern Russians reading an American novel in which the computerized essence of Ayn Rand is a major character makes my head reel, cheerfully.
matt_ruff
Feb. 12th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm kind of amused by that too.
ex_o_b_vinit70
Feb. 14th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
you'll be amazed, but even non-computerized Ayn Rand is quite popular here in Russia
spintongues
Feb. 14th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
that's american navel-centrism for you ))
ex_o_b_vinit70
Feb. 14th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
all centrisms are laughable
matt_ruff
Feb. 14th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Back in the early '90s when I first started working on Sewer, there was a notice in one of the Objectivist publications about a guy named Dmitry Costygan who'd begun translating Atlas Shrugged into Russian. I remember thinking at the time that the book would probably do quite well over there.

But when I read that Vladimir Putin's former chief economic advisor Andrei Illarionov was a Rand fan who got demoted and ultimately resigned due to his opposition to Putin's statist policies -- I confess, I am amazed, in a "truth is stranger than fiction" kind of way.
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the_monkey_king
Feb. 12th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm just so amused that your name is "Mett Raff" in the Cyrillic transliteration. It just sounds so Russian.

Plus, "Kanalizatsiya" does have a nicer ring than "Sewer".
doug_palmer
Feb. 13th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
I can easily make out Gas and the first bit of Electr... But Sewer has what looks like a very Russian word.
spintongues
Feb. 13th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
just in case, lj user rasteehead is the designer ))

and yes, the buildings were transferred from a different city
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spintongues
Feb. 14th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
nope )) would've been too much for the russian reading public that is apparently not expected to know who ayn rand was (see above)
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spintongues
Feb. 14th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
it's the new one, yes
anyway it's good it coincided with SG&E publication here
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spintongues
Feb. 14th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
ok, the idea of modern americans etc. ))
bassfingers
Feb. 13th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
Most excellent. I own a German printing of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but that's as far as my foreign language book collection goes, I believe.
beth4ever
Oct. 3rd, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
You have at least 3 Russian fans in your friend list: me, Hortica, Maxim_Usachov )
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