Monumental Propaganda

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
8 Reviews
From Vladimir Voinovich, one of the great satirists of contemporary Russian literature, comes a new comic novel about the absurdity of politics and the place of the individual in the sweep of human events.

Monumental Propaganda, Voinovich’s first novel in twelve years, centers on Aglaya Stepanovna Revkina, a true believer in Stalin, who finds herself bewildered and beleaguered in the relative openness of the Khrushchev era. She believes her greatest achievement was to have browbeaten her community into building an iron statue of the supreme leader, which she moves into her apartment after his death. And despite the ebb and flow of political ideology in her provincial town, she stubbornly, and at all costs, centers her life on her private icon.

Voinovich’s humanely comic vision has never been sharper than it is in this hilarious but deeply moving tale–equally all-seeing about Stalinism, the era of Khrushchev, and glasnost in the final years of Soviet rule. The New York Times Book Review called his classic work, The Life & Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, “a masterpiece of a new form–socialist surrealism . . . the Soviet Catch-22 written by a latter-day Gogol." In Monumental Propaganda we have the welcome return of a truly singular voice in world literature.


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User Review  - Laura Edwards - Goodreads

Very funny book. My favorite Voinovich novel. I am always laughing out loud when reading Voinovich's books. One word of caution. The reader should have a working knowledge of Soviet and Russian ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alex Pietrow - Goodreads

Very nice book, bit tedious at times but certainly worth the read. The ending is also great :) Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
7
Section 3
22
Section 4
32
Section 5
39
Section 6
82
Section 7
121
Section 8
151
Section 15
232
Section 16
242
Section 17
257
Section 18
271
Section 19
290
Section 20
295
Section 21
302
Section 22
325

Section 9
163
Section 10
166
Section 11
189
Section 12
190
Section 13
197
Section 14
215
Section 23
331
Section 24
338
Section 25
358
Section 26
365
Section 27
366
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About the author (2007)

Vladimir Voinovich is also the author of Pretender to the Throne: The Further Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, The Fur Hat, Moscow 2042, The Anti-Soviet Soviet Union, The Ivankiad, and In Plain Russian: Stories. He lives in Munich.


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