Kangaroo

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One morning in 1949, Fan Fanych, alias Etcetera, is summoned from his Moscow apartment to KGB headquarters, where he is informed that he will be charged with a crime more heinous than any mere man could ever devise. Comrade Etcetera will be tried for "the vicious rape and murder of an aged kangaroo in the Moscow Zoo on a night between July 14, 1789 and January 9, 1905." Every moment in the nightmarish and hilarious account that follows lives up to the absurdity of this accusation. A seductive KGB agent attempts to convince Fan Fanych that he is a kangaroo; he finds himself in the dock at a spectacular show trial; is sent to a camp full of dedicated old Bolsheviks pathetically attempting to maintain their beliefs in the face of every new atrocity; encounters Hitler in Berlin and Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin at Yalta, where he is privileged to witness the famous conference as it was really conducted. Kangaroo is a savage, cleansing satire in which Yuz Aleshkovsky confronts the hypocrisy, the cruelty, and the tragic failure of the Soviet regime.
His phantasmagoria is faithful to reality, for--as Dostoevsky knew--it is impossible for realism to portray a society whose corruption is literally fantastic.
Autor: Yuz Aleshkovsky, Yuz Aleshovesky, Iuz Aleshkovskii
The author was born in Siberia in 1929; he spent several years in a labor camp before he was able to emigrate to the West in 1979. Aleshkovsky writes in the tradition of Fyodor Dostoevski and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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Autor: Yuz Aleshkovsky
ISBN-13 :: 9781564782168
ISBN: 1564782166
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.03.1999
Verlag: DALKEY ARCHIVE PR
Gewicht: 363g
Seiten: 278
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage Dalkey Archive
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 216x141x19 mm
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