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Monumental Propaganda

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From Vladimir Voinovich, one of the great satirists of contemporary Russian literature, comes a new comic novel about the absurdity of politics and the place of the individual in the sweep of human events.

Monumental Propaganda, Voinovich’s first novel in twelve years, centers on Aglaya Stepanovna Revkina, a true believer in Stalin, who finds herself bewildered and beleagu
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ebook, 384 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Knopf (first published 2000)
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Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
o della forza dell'amore e della stupidità


"Una corrente era formata dai marxisti-leninisti, mentre l'altra dagli stalinisti. I marxisti-leninisti erano bravi marxisti e buoni. Volevano creare sulla terra le condizioni per una vita buona per i buoni e cattiva per i cattivi, ma per forza secondo i dettami della Dottrina. E perciò i cattivi li uccidevano e i buoni, per quanto possibile, li risparmiavano. Gli stalinisti, invece, erano essenzialmente dei democratici: uccidevano tutti senza distinzion
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Mark
Once more, Voinovich demonstrates that he's the heir to the fine tradition of Russian satire. The book spans a period from the disavowal of Stalin up through the present time...since Voinovich's theme is that the true nature of the people never really changes, no matter how much history sweeps by.

He does this by painting the portrait of Aglaya Stepanovna, a confirmed Stalinist. Aglaya's unchanging devotion to Stalin, and specifically to an iron statue of Stalin (the "Monumental Propaganda" of th
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Tom
I love the central premise of this book. Aglaya Stepanovna Revkina is a true-believing Stalinist who commissions a statue of Stalin to stand in the square of her town. The statue is widely admired as a masterpiece, but then Stalin dies and, soon after, is repudiated by the Party. The statue is removed and is destined to be melted down. But Revkina rescues it and installs it in her own living room.

Revkina finds herself in an impossible dilemma. She's a true-believer in Stalin and a true-believer
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Charlaralotte
Hah! What a delicious book about life in the USSR from Kruschev to perestroika. Main character is a wonderful portrait of a woman who has spent her early years as a partisan and party member. Her staunch pro-Stalinist sympathies put her at odds with the daily rewriting of Soviet history. The characters who live in her small town are delightfully drawn. Everyone is full of the contradictions of real people, and the historical details of Soviet life are wonderfully illuminating. The machinations i ...more
Edmond Dantes
Bellissimo Pamphlt/saggio/racconto su 50 anni di vita russa vista attraverso gli occhi di una nostagica stainista e dei suoi concittadini di un piccolo paese ai margini della Grande Russia (sembrerebbe Voronez) Gustoso Pastiche per chi ben conosce la storia e i personaggi della letteratura russa che Vi sono adombrati (solgenitsi/Limonov, tanto per cominciare)
Come Gogol anche Vojnovic ama i russi ma ne vede i grandi e ripetuti difetti, la fine della statua di stalin adombra l'arrivo di un nuovo "
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Laura Edwards
Very funny book. My favorite Voinovich novel. I am always laughing out loud when reading Voinovich's books. One word of caution. The reader should have a working knowledge of Soviet and Russian history to understand many of the humorous and wry references. I really like the main character. I was glad to see Aglaya return after the Chonkin novels. She always intrigued me. Also love the tragi-comedic ending and can't help feeling glad for the long-suffering protagonist of the novel. Hysterical!
Tubs
i was just reminded of this book. i read it a few years ago for a history class. i think i've said this before, but this kind of book i think i'm predestined to enjoy. it's about one person's experience of the tragedy and absurdity of grand events in history and a legendary political regime. i'm not expressing this very well right now, but that kind of book, whether fiction or non-fiction, i always seem to love.
fahad
Highly amusing look at life in post-Communist Russia; satirical, exaggerated, absurd -- good. Recommended to anyone who finds world news appalling but amusing/bemusing.
Alex Pietrow
Very nice book, bit tedious at times but certainly worth the read. The ending is also great :)
tomsyak
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Monte
You have a woman who believes in and loves Stalin...
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Vladimir Voinovich (Владимир Николаевич Войнович) was born in what is now Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, but which at the time of his birth was Stalinabad, a city in the USSR.

Voinovich started writing and publishing poetry during the army service; he later switched to writing prose and ultimately became famous as a master of satirical depiction of the absurdity of Soviet life. However, he d
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