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Romance with Cocaine by M. Ageyev

A bizarre and deeply disturbing account of a young man’s descent into addiction, this story brilliantly mirrors the tumultuous events of early 20th-century Russian history. Struggling with the confusion and insecurities that adolescence brings, Vadim seeks an outlet for his frustration. Following unfulfilling attempts at classroom rebellion, filial disobedience, and teenage sex, he is drawn further and further into the world of illicit drugs. As his desire to experiment with narcotics grows stronger, so too do his feelings of worthlessness and isolation; and his ultimate physical surrender to cocaine mirrors his nation's psychological capitulation to a world where morals no longer apply. This extraordinary work, astonishingly prescient for its time, is written by the pseudonymous M. Ageyev.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843914327
Publisher: Hesperus Press
Publication date: 08/15/2009
Series: Hesperus Modern Voices
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,335,331
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Toby Young is the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Hugh Aplin won the Rossica Translation Prize—an award for excellence in Russian to English literary translation—for his work translating A Romance with Cocaine.

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