In 1982not coincidentally, just two years before the year made famous by OrwellVitaly Kartsev, an exiled Soviet writer, discovers that a German travel agency is booking flights to a variety of tempting locations and, thanks to guaranteed passage through a time warp, to a variety of tantalizing years in the future. Moscow? 2042? Who could resist? And so begins Vladimir Voinovich's satiricand, as current events would cast it, prophetictale of life in the USSR in the not-so-distant future. Kartsev's trip home turns out to be a series of outrageous escapades involving terrorists, sheiks, an American news correspondent, the KGB, the CIA, diffident keepers of the ideological flame, one wild-eyed messiah, three geopolitical "rings of hostility" surrounding Moscow, and countless Soviet institutions thatbarelyoutdo those of the twentieth century in their pungent inanity.
Moscow 2042 was originally published in English in 1987, when the Berlin Wall was firmly in place and perestroika just beginning. In his new Afterword to this edition, Voinovich comments, with customary sting, on the events that inspired his novel, what has happened since publication and the curious interplay of fiction and reality.Wickedly funny and raucous in its satire, Moscow 2042 is "written by a man who has been forged within our difficult modern history but who still manages to possess a profound sense of literary play. It shows Mr. Voinovich as the doyen of late-twentieth-century satirists with targets on both sides of the wall, and a major international writer" (The New York Times).
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.99(d)|
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A bit too much of a particular time to remain as enjoyable as it might have been. (That time being the final moments of the Brezhnev-era, and its life support continuation under Andropov & Chernenko.) Probably not helped by the fact that it feels perhaps 100 pages too long, and the afterword where the author discusses how political changes in Moscow have rendered it even more relevant ¿ an afterword written in 1990. (Oops.)That said, the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn parody remains hilarious.
I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to anyone who appritiates good humor and knows something about life in the Soviet Union. It's a wonderful adventure into the future of the Soviet Empire if changes wouldn't have taken place.