Jury Brigadir. Mesencephalon

Author: Jury Brigadir
Title: Mesencephalon

Year: 2008

SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER PRIZE 2008

THE MOST POPULAR AUTHOR OF THE RUSSIAN INTERNET OFFERS A FUNNY AND PAINFUL ACCOUNT OF HOW TO DEAL WITH A DRINKING-BOUT
Once Venedikt Erofeev wrote a tragic poem in prose about the Russian passion for alcohol. Times have changed, drinks have changed, and people have changed. And Jury Brigadir – the most popular writer of the Russian Internet, his works being mostly accessible for free – decided to do it all anew.
The main character, named Jury Brigadir, is a prosperous system administrator of some successful company. He works hard, does his best and is very appreciated by the boss. But one day he feels that the time is ripe. He leaves the job. He makes full order in his flat. He buys stocks of water, food, dvds, other expendables and, of course, that of booze. As it happens with him every 3-4 years the bout process starts. Following its stages that will take a dozen of months he tells the reader about good and the bad in the destiny of a modern drinker. About how to get money when you’ve sold almost everything from your house, how to avoid conflicts, how to overcome the loneliness, how to survive. The story told is so masterful, wise and entertaining, that you can’t help feeling a slight hangover when the book ends, together with the character’s drinking-trip.