Pretender to the Throne: The Further Adventures of Private by Vladimir Voinovich PDF

By Vladimir Voinovich

This can be the variation translated via Richard Lourie through Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux. i feel a brand new translation used to be placed out by way of Northwestern UP.

This trilogy is taken into account Voinovich's best paintings (well, i feel in simple terms the 1st books have been out while such a lot critics have been making such statements)...This is the second one ebook of the trilogy. i don't have an book of the 1st, and it'd be welcomed!

The books stand all alone.

Amazon blurb under. doesn't supply credits to the comedy of the text:

This hilarious novel following the continued adventures of Ivan Chonkin, an easy peasant who has been arrested as a traitor after spending global conflict II fortunately tending a backyard. during this sequel to the extreme lifestyles and Adventures of non-public Ivan Chonkin, Vladimir Voinovich ridicules every little thing sacred to the Soviet Union--the military, the justice procedure, the click, and Stalin himself--in a clean mixture of dissident judgment of right and wrong and common humor.

Publishers Weekly stated approximately Pretender
to the Throne:“Voinovich adroitly orches­-
trates a comic book fugue of incorrect identities,
false assumptions and immense misunder­-
standings as he satirizes approximately each aspect
of Soviet society. yet less than the comedian
fagade one absorbs the reality approximately existence in
Russia; it constitutes a betrayal of human­-
ity whose enormity may well certainly be top
conveyed via sour, stinging satire
such as this memorable work.”

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Filippov gave Chonkin a sly look and a wink. “Maybe you ran away all by yourself? Maybe you decided, let all those dopes defend the motherland, not me, I’m too smart. I’ll crawl in with some woman somewhere. ” “No,” answered Chonkin sullenly. ” “Yes, yes, Nyura Belyashova. ” “My goal was to live with Nyurka,” explained Chonkin truthfully. The lieutenant rose and pushed his chair toward the wall with his foot. The interrogation was taking an idiotic turn. The lieutenant was nervous. That very morning he had re­ turned from the district, where Lieutenant Colonel Luzhin had raked him over the coals all night, acidly questioning him about all the details and particulars of the incident in which a detachment under Filippov’s command, at full strength, had been captured by a single, poorly armed Red Army soldier.

Oh, God, what difficult and exhausting work it was! I always had a flair for languages, you know. I was taught French and English as a child. Then I learned German fairly well, could converse in Spanish, and I could even read a little Finnish. But their language . . our great and mighty Russian language . . No, you cannot imagine how difficult it was. Some clever chaps laugh at today’s leaders and how they pronounce various words. But you just try to speak as they do. I tried. I know what it entails.

He jerked his head back, striking it against the wall again. The muzzle loomed before his eyes, the image doubling, tripling, and made the bridge of his nose itch unbearably. Chonkin crinkled his face. Meanwhile, his upper lip began riding up on its own toward his nose, baring his widely spaced teeth, complete strangers to a toothbrush. Red from excitement, the lieutenant’s face bobbed back and forth, blocking, then revealing the portrait of Stalin holding the young girl. ” Chonkin was not refusing to speak, he was tongue-tied from fear and could not force a single word out.

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