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Memoir of a Russian Punk

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published November 7th 1990 by Grove/Atlantic (first published January 1st 1983)
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Eddie-baby is a fifteen year old growing up in the trash lots, muddy streets and dingy schools of Kharkov, USSR in the middle of the 1950's. This isn't really a book about the Soviet Union, though. It could have been written in Detroit or Paris or any other large city where teenagers are growing up. The police and the government, so prominent in other Soviet dissident fiction (Limonov was kicked out at about the same time as Solzhenitsyn, the early seventies) aren't a malicious, omniscient force ...more
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
a cinque anni dalla morte di Stalin, Eddy-baby vive a Char'kov in Russia...

e questo vuol dire che la sua adolescenza non è vissuta nel massimo dell'innocenza, nè le sue amiche sono diverse, lui è un giovane poeta, un teppistello di riporto ed è pure innamorato, ma Svetka non è la ragazzina carina e innocente che lui crede, e poi ci sono le altre bande e la muffa, come loro chiamno i poliziotti
infine c'è suo padre, che non fa carriera perchè è troppo debole, nonostante abbia una buona posizione n
Billeen Carlson
Read this book as a teenager and am anxious to re-read and share with my own teenager as we start to study the Cold War in U.S. History this year.

As a Cold War Kid, I was sure that the Soviets, uniformly and monolithically, hated us and that we were all going to die in a nuclear holocaust. When the Berlin Wall came down and Glasnost began to occur, the nightmares stopped and I thought I might have a real chance at adulthood! Liminov's book reaffirmed this optimism as I read about Eddie Boy being
Brendan Detzner
This book was my bible when I was fifteen. I was worried when I dug it out again that it wouldn't hold up, but if anything I think I enjoy it now more then I used to. If I could snap my fingers and bring one book back into print this would be the one. Especially moving in light of what eventually became of the author (poke around the internet if you want to know, but read the book first if at all possible).
Adam  McPhee
Eddie-baby is a bookish adolescent on the path to becoming a punk, in spite of warnings from just about all of the adults in his life. The really crazy thing about this book is that it's just not the Soviet Union you've come to expect. There's a staggering difference between the police state we've long pictured in the West and the Trashes (Kharkov youth slang for militia) that Eddy and his gang live in defiance of.

I've known a bit about Limonov for years now - I've been a fan of the eXile for a
After following Eddie-baby over a 2 day period of a national holiday, we can surmise that he made a self realization at some point (when? after her raped his 14 year old girlfriend?) that he needs to skip town and renounce his punk friends if he wants to have a better life (despite the fact that throughout the entire book, he had aspired to be a punk and a criminal).

It's hard to believe he came to this realization when nothing in the narrative suggested otherwise. Maybe I wanted more violent dep
Constantin Gavrilescu
Muzici si faze cu 10 or mai multa violenta si golani
"A Catcher in the Rye" for Russia; the book tells the story of Eddie, a kid who has one eye on his career as a poet and one eye on his career as a thug. We follow Eddie as he interacts with his fellow ne'er do wells and the vagabond adults he hangs out with. The book does not tread new ground but is an intriguing read none the less.
Perhaps not actually nonfiction but more of a ficto-memoir. It's an intriguing coming-of-age-in-the-USSR story, perhaps made more intriguing by Limonov's subsequent involvement in anti-Putin activism.
John Christy
funny, brilliant, touching, and brutal. a vivid tour of a completely alien form of life
Kobe Bryant
Cool coming of age story, really brings back tween memories
Charles Baudelaire
see; everyone likes it!
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Эдуард Лимонов

Russian novelist and dissident political thinker.

Limonov is the leader of the unregistered National Bolshevik Party (NBP). Limonov served two years in prison for illegaly purchasing weapons.

Limonov's works are noted for their cynicism. His novels are also memoirs, describing his experiences as a youth in Russia and as émigré in the United States
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