The Naked Pioneer Girl by Mikhail Kononov

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"If Kononov's novel had been published during Perestroika, it would have been not just a bomb but an explosion, an earthquake, a tornado. . . . It would have caused the funeral of Soviet Literature."-Russian Book Review

Singing "Rio Rita," fifteen-year-old Mucha trudges along the road to her execution. But much more than death, Mucha fears expulsion from the Collective in which she plays a real and useful part. The comrades come to her when they need warmth and tenderness, and she's happy in this role, but someone really should tell Stalin or Hitler that they need to make panties with better elastic. . . . Banned even during Perestroika, this extraordinary first novel tackles the last forbidden Russian subject, the siege of Leningrad.

Mikhail Kononov was born in 1948 in Leningrad/St.Petersburg. He now lives in Germany.

 

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Mikhail Kononov was born in 1948 in Leningrad. He studied Russian literature, then enrolled in the army and was exposed to missile radiation which has severely affected his health. He is a teacher, editor, artist, garden designer, and English translator. A member of the Russian Writer's Union, Mikhail Kononov is the author of numerous short stories and essays. The Naked Pioneer Girl is his first novel. He now lives in Germany.
 
Published November 1, 2003 by Serpent's Tail. 192 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On her back, mostly, attending to the needs of all the men in her regiment (officers getting priority, naturally) night after night for the last several years.

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The Naked Pioneer Girl by Mikhail Kononov, translated by Andrew Bromfield 250pp, Serpent's Tail, £9.99.

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In this sendup of the heroic literature of Stalin's Soviet Union-""a breathtaking battle piece and erotic extravaganza in eight positively vulcanic-vulvaic chapters,"" as the epigraph has it-Mikhail Kononov employs every figure of speech imaginable to recount the adventures of Young Pioneer M...

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