Not a line by Pynchon has been published in the USSR/Russia. But his novels have been in the major libraries and–on rare occasions–in the bookstores dealing in foreign books. Unfortunately, even many Soviet literary critics who have written about Pynchon have failed to read his books. However, Pynchon has influenced Russian literature since the beginning of the 1970s. The most evident example of this influence is the parody of V. in Vassily Aksyonov's novel Our Golden Ironburg.