Short fiction from one of the great contemporary Russian writers.
In this heartfelt collection of stories, life in Russia is vividly described—both before and after the collapse of Communism—as well as the plight of Russian emigres in the USA in post-communist times. From a tour guide so in love with Pushkin that she lives with his wooden effigy and a businessman intent on enjoying his Kaif, to a taxi driver taking his daughter along with him on his rounds, the characters to be found in this rambunctious volume are both recognizable and bizarre, capable of cowardly corruptions but also heroic honesty, oppressed and bewildered but also invigorated by the challenge that everyday life presents—whatever economic system they live under.
YURI DRUZHNIKOV (1933—2008) was the author of a number of works of fiction and non-fiction. Blacklisted until the collapse of the Soviet Union, the first edition of this novel sold a quarter of a million copies and was deemed one of the ten best Russian novels of the century at the 1999 Warsaw Conference. In 2001 the author was put forward by Poland for the Nobel Prize. He emigrated to the USA in 1987 and was a lecturer at the University of California at Davis.
|Date Published||7th August 2007|