This is a dark tale of contemporary Russia, with flashbacks to the past and to the lives of people who meet in a mental hospital. It's like listening to tales round a campfire in a dark, empty, windy wilderness. The stories are amazing, unsettling and their meaning is not always clear. If you can stay steady through the first major disruption on page 40, you will be gripped and ready to accept anything the writer can throw at you.
'There' said Volodin, 'now the mushrooms have come on.'