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

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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. 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.

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Published September 12, 1997 by Northwestern University Press. 218 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An improbably charming collection of 28 brief tales about the last days of the Soviet Union, 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.

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