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Moscow to the End of the Line by Venedikt Yerofeyev
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Jul 07, 11

I found this, of all places, in a small used bookstore in Alaska about 10 years ago, and read it in a day. A drunken juggernaut which laughs and sobs as only a drunk can, this novel (which has also been classified as an epic poem by some, though it is written in prose) is the story of an out-of-work drunk in the USSR; he catches a train for a small village outside of Moscow, where his apparent beloved apparently lives. The bulk of the novel takes place on this train ride, with what amounts to a prologue (as he stumbles drunk about Moscow, looking for the train station) and an epilogue (after he finally disembarks). By turns vulgar, philosophical, raucous, and deeply melancholy, this book hit me like a force of nature the first time I read it. A major influence in my early writing.
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