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The Rat Catcher. Aleksandr Terekhov

2.5  ·  Rating Details ·  10 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
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Published September 1st 2011 by Alma Publishing Company (first published March 3rd 1992)
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Amanda Banks
Feb 27, 2013 Amanda Banks rated it liked it
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Modern Russian literature in the vein of Gogol, meaning surreal, humorous and full of biting social satire and criticism. The plot revolves around the town of Svetloyar, vying to make itself attractive to tourists and their cash by inventing a glorious pre-Soviet past, complete with a fake archaeological dig (it was actually built in the 1950s). Only one problem: the town is plagued by rats. So two pest controllers (and embittered former academics now trying to navigate the free market) are ...more
Jo
Feb 08, 2013 Jo rated it it was ok
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It's about a pair of rat catchers summoned from Moscow to exterminate the rats in a hotel in a provincial city which is about to be visited by a party of grandees. It had great reviews on the cover, and I really wanted to like it, but it just wasn't that funny, which has got to be a major problem with a book that's meant to be a comic novel.

To be fair to the author, that might be down to the translation which is so weird that sometimes it just fails to make any sense at all. Or maybe these inexp
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