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The Exchange and Other Stories

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Yury Trifonov took a turn toward the controversial, and a leap toward greatness, with the publication of the two novellas included in this collection. "The Exchange" and "The Long Goodbye" depict the complex dilemmas and compromises of Russian life after World War II. These works, along with the short stories "Games at Dusk" and "A Short Stay in the Torture Chamber," detai ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 6th 2002 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1991)
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I have no idea which "other" stories this edition contains, I'm just listing all the "Moscow novels" by Yuri Trifonov I've read:

1) "The Exchange" is what Chekhov would write if he would live 109 years. Universal story, for all ages and nations and countries: he has a wife and she's beautiful and clever, he is soft and intelligent, she's good with him. but very aggresive and morally ambivalent when there's a goal to achieve (new apartment, new job, etc). She's much stronger then him. She doesn't
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The opening of Yury Trifonov’s The Long Goodbye describes to us a place where beautiful lilac bushes used to grow two decades earlier but which have since been replaced by a grey eight-storey apartment. Thus the novella’s narrative of a long-drawn out disappearance – the end of an era, the loss of familiar settings, the vanishing of persons, the fading of feelings – is foreshadowed.

We are presented with a situation where two lovers who, while still having feelings for each other, are gradually f
Apr 07, 2011 Kyle rated it it was amazing
tons of historical digressions, explanations, intricate four-way conversations with the traditional sixteen forms of address, lavish descriptions of tiny gardens and crumbling soviet shorelines, and helpful advice for young bachelors and old fogies living in squalor and crippling muscovite depression. really good, even better the second or third time around.
Feb 13, 2007 Margarita rated it it was amazing
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One of the best books about Moscow: has the rythm, thoughts, even taste and smell of the daily life in Moscow
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Yury Valentinovich Trifonov was a Russian writer. He was a leading figure of the Soviet "Urban Prose".
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