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The author of the book: Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin
Language: English
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Edition: Азбука
Date of issue: 2015
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Thanks God, I have found this book in Amazon! It is a brilliant satire, as I expected. Shchedrin takes a small Russian town with submissive villagers, and presents us in the form of a mock-chronicle (like mockumentary in modern cinema) a parade of town governers, each of whom is a unique weirdo, each of whom has an absurd story of his reign at this poor town. Translator tells us in the preface that this town is meant to be an allegory of Russia - I will take one step further to tell that it can satirize political history of any country, since the ones in power and their bootlickers are more or less the same in all nations. You can still enjoy the story without knowing the hidden historical references - but there are enough explanatory notes.

I was expecting absurdities and found them. There are some points suprising for me, but these make the novel even more enjoyable:
1) It is not a light-hearted comedy like the ones of Chekhov. Background and some events have a strong sense of apocalypse.
2) Total of all interconnected pseudo-historical events may be evaluated as one funny dystopia. (I am sure Zamyatin was an admirer of Shchedrin.)
3) At times, story has shocking fantastic details, some of which are at the border of horror fiction. However, these details do not seem scary when you read in the context - I think that's the genious of Shchedrin.

I read all this madness with a big smile in my face. I must add that I am tolerant to bizarre content and patient enough to decipher formal writing style of the text pretending to be based on official documents. If it is not your cup of coffee, you may find some parts disturbing or boring.

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Ebook История одного города read Online! Mikhail Yevgrafovich Saltykov-Shchedrin (Russian: Михаи́л Евгра́фович Салтыко́в-Щедри́н; 27 January [O.S. 15 January] 1826 – 10 May [O.S. 28 April] 1889), better known by his pseudonym Shchedrin (Щедри́н), was a major Russian satirist of the 19th century. He spent most of his life working as a civil servant in various capacities. After the death of poet Nikolay Nekrasov, he acted as editor of the well-known Russian magazine, Otechestvenniye Zapiski, until it was banned by the government in 1884. His best known work is the novel The Golovlyov Family (1876).

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