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Monumental Propaganda by Vladimir Voinovich
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Sep 20, 2010

really liked it
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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 involving the huge statue of Stalin make me smile and also wince. The beliefs we all cling to are funny, but ultimately quite sad.

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