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Leviathan

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Anna Matveeva

Leviathan

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Paul Auster
publisher:
Viking
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

On a cold peninsula in northern Russia, a mechanic (Alexey Serebryakov, as gangly as Max von Sydow in a Bergman drama) is about to lose his wife to his best friend and his home to the town bulldozer. As in the Coen brothers’ great A Serious Man, the Book of Job looms large here—which is likely how director Andrey Zvyagintsev secured support from his country’s censorship-happy Ministry of Culture. But the biblical messaging is soaked in a vodka ice bath of irony, and what emerges is a Putin-offending critique of how the power-abusing state and the power-worshipping church collude to create millions of Jobs. B+