The Doomed City by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
This is a sci-fi book that is actually a criticism of Communism. Published in 1972, it's about The Experiment, where people have volunteered from different countries, Nazi Germany, Russia, America, and are forced to live in a city whose rules are made by The Mentors but they make no sense.
“The Experiment is the Experiment,” said the Mentor. “It's not understanding that is required by you but something quite different.” “What?” “If one only knew...”
Now this book is a weird read. It's funny in its absolute absurdity at times, very Kafkaesque. I think that this book must've been more powerful if you read it in Russian and had lived in a Communist country. This book is still interesting, weird, and sometimes laugh out loud funny but it also doesn't make sense at times. I think some of the allusions went over my head.
I understand the historical importance of this book, which is well explained in the prologue and epilogue of this book, but it's still a weird book that was difficult to read and understand.
“Everything in the world is worth no more than shit,” said Izya.
3 stars for the book, 1 star for the historical importance.
Rating: ★★★★ Book #49 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge