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Pretender to the Throne: Further Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin (European Classics) e-book

Author:

Vladimir Voinovich,Richard Lourie

Language:

English

Category:

Fiction

Subcategory:

Contemporary

ePub size:

1389 kb

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Rating:

4.2

Publisher:

Northwestern University Press (March 29, 1995)

Pages:

358

ISBN:

0810112442

Pretender to the Throne: Further Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin (European Classics) e-book

by Vladimir Voinovich,Richard Lourie


Pretender to the Throne: Further Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin (European Classics) by Vladimir . This book served as my introduction to Vladimir Voinovich. It has to be one of greatest Soviet satires ever written.

Temporarily out of stock. If you are going to read this book you MUST also read "Pretender to the Throne The Further Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin".

The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin is a 1969–2007 novel by Soviet dissident writer Vladimir Voinovich.

Pretender to the Throne book. In this sequel to The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, Vladimir Voinovich ridicules everything sacred to the Soviet Union-the army, the justice system, the press, and This hilarious novel following the continuing adventures of Ivan Chonkin, a simple peasant who has been arrested as a traitor after spending World War II happily tending a garden.

In this sequel to The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, Voinovich ridicules everything that was . Vladimir Nikolayevich Voinovich was born in Stalinabad, Soviet Union on September 26, 1932.

In this sequel to The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, Voinovich ridicules everything that was sacred in the Soviet Union - including the army, the justice system, the press, and Stalin - in a refreshing combination of dissident conscience and universal humor. He worked as a herdsman and trained as a locksmith before serving in the Soviet Army from 1951 to 1955. He began writing poetry while in the army and in the mid-1950s started publishing stories in the magazine Novy Mir.

Vladimir Voinovich, Richard Lourie. Published by Northwestern University Press, United States (1995). ISBN 10: 0810112442 ISBN 13: 9780810112445. In this sequel to The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, Voinovich ridicules everything that was sacred in the Soviet Union - including the army, the justice system, the press, and Stalin - in a refreshing combination of dissident conscience and universal humor. Seller Inventory AAZ9780810112445.

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of Private Ivan Chonkin, revd by Theodore Solotaroff; Voinovich illus. by Richard Lourie has been made. Voinovich is not widely known here, but he soon will be.

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Voinovich, Vladimir, 1932-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on August 13, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014). This hilarious novel follows the continuing adventures of the simple peasant Ivan Chonkin, who has been arrested as a traitor to the motherland after spending World War II happily tending a garden. Lacking evidence against him, the bumbling bureaucrats base their case on a rumor in his home village that he is the illegitimate son of a prince. The comic case of mistaken identity escalates as they accuse this unlikely prince of working in league with Hitler to restore the monarchy.

This hilarious novel following the continuing adventures of Ivan Chonkin, a simple peasant who has been arrested as a traitor after spending World War II happily tending a garden. In this sequel to The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, Vladimir Voinovich ridicules everything sacred to the Soviet Union--the army, the justice system, the press, and Stalin himself--in a refreshing combination of dissident conscience and universal humor.
IGOT
You must read "The Life & Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin" prior to reading this book. This is essentially part II of that book.

This is some of the funniest and most biting Soviet satire I've ever read. Voinovich masterfully leads the reader through the chaos that was the Soviet Union. In my opinion, "Pretender to the Throne" is the better half of this two book series.

I highly recommend these two books to all Russian Literature readers! They are simply an essential part of any Russian Literature library. Northwestern University Press has, once again, published a fine book. All their books have durable, attractive covers and fine quality paper.
Lamranilv
World War II is on and Chonkin is imprisoned in this sequal to his extraordinary adventures. Chonkin figures less prominently in this sequal. I think, the major character here is the social system itself. Voinovich does not spare anyone or anything: Joseph Stalin, the Soviet military planning, and the prison system--all are criticized. Bumbling bureaucrats continue to bludner like there was no tomorrow. For example, they capture and execute an honest junior officer as a spy, while the real spy continues to work undisturbed. And the bumbling of this sort is pittance in comparison to what has just gone on--the 1937/38 terror. Most outstanding people have been destroyed on no greater basis than wild accusations and Stalin's paranoia. It turns out that the most potent weapon in the war on the cream of society's crop is a simple pencil! Write an accusation on someone who works hard in his field and has his head in the clouds, not paying attention to politics, and that person is soon arrested and executed. Given this absurd atmosphere of repression and the pressure and fear put on the government by war, Chonkin must languish in prison on suspicion of being a descendant of a noble Russian family which is trying to overthrow the government and open the gates to the Germans!
Voinovich's satire is right on target. This book is funny and educational. If you live in a Western democracy you will, at a minimum, reap one important benefit from reading this--you will appreciate even more what you have in your country today. I assigned a number of Russian writers in my Modern Russian Politics class last year, and this is exactly what the impact was. Read Voinovich--his books are humorous and different.

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