I enjoy the backstory of this book as much as the novel itself. Written behind the Iron Curtain in the 70's, I was amazed by the tone and atmosphere created ((read the afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the strange history of the novel’s publication in Russia). The book feels incredibly contemporary as if it could have been written this year. I understand it has been adapted into a video game but It reminded me of two fairly recent movies. These are Monsters from 2010 that is terribly underrated and must be seen and District 9 from 2009. Both deal with the aftermath of alien visits.
Roadside Picnic is dystopian but carries a hope that intrigues throughout. As I read it I could not help but imagine creeping into a forbidden zone like Chernobyl. That is, if Chernobyl had been visited by aliens who left valuable artifacts in their wake. Any more detail will result in spoilers. Suffice it to say, it is cleverly written and imagined. I am so happy to have come across it and can only hope it will receive its own movie treatment.
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (13 April 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575024453
- ISBN-13: 978-0575024458
- Boxed-product Weight: 789 g
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