Merry-Making in Old Russia and Other Stories - Writings from an Unbound Europe (Paperback)
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Merry-Making in Old Russia and Other Stories - Writings from an Unbound Europe (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 218 Pages / Published: 30/12/1997
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Popov's short stories move from the village prose genre into the territory of the grotesque via the stark reality of late Soviet life. The Russia of Merry-making in Old Russia and Other Stories is variously the Russia of Siberia, of a peasant hut, or of a decaying Moscow factory workshop. In a landscape peopled by sympathetic yet stunned characters caught between the harsh routine of everyday existence and the trappings of the modern world, these men and women resort to vodka and to tall tales, and to physical and verbal abuse, to dull the pain of the dehumanizing Soviet regime that is their lot. Freely mixing the fantastic with the concrete, Popov's stories offer a darkly comic glimpse into the soul of a population debased by a regime.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810113275
Number of pages: 218
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 17 mm


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"[H]ilarious, gloomy, absurd. . . . Popov fits easily into the Russian and Soviet tragicomic tradition: his triumph in these matter-of-fact tales lies in his ability to point out the absurdities in late-Soviet reality while making the absurd seem real." --Publishers Weekly

"An improbably charming collection . . . from a contemporary storyteller who seems to have appropriated the raffish comic spirit of Russia's famed chronicler of small-town amorality and mayhem, the late Mikhail Zoshchenko . . . An extremely entertaining book." --Kirkus Reviews

"Popov demonstrates with skill and compassion the fine line that exists between humor and pain. . .This work is highly recommended for all literature collections." --Library Journal
"Popov is a latter-day Gogol." --Publishers Weekly

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