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33 Moments of Happiness: St. Petersburg Stories

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  89 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
An intriguing, fabulously bizarre debut collection of short stories by prize-winning German writer Ingo Schulze, author of Simple Stories.

These thirty-three macabre, often comical short pieces revolve around moments of odd bliss–moments seized by characters who have found ways to conquer the bleakness of everyday life in the chaotic world of post-communist Russia.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2001 by Vintage (first published August 1st 1997)
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Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
"Tossing" this book, though that reads like more of a rejection than I really mean. After all, the front cover has an L.A. Times quote, "Fantastic and fantastical!" Who the hell am I to say that these stories are not memorable? But in fact I suspect that the L.A. Times reviewer couldn't tell us a single thing about any of these stories, today. Still, as any decent book, it was not a waste of time to read.

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I'm sure I enjoyed these stories, since I don't finish a book if I find
Nicholas Beck
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
33 Moments of Bleak really. The happiness is fleeting and buried deep in these tales of Russia post perestroika. Short vignettes of Soviet life amidst a harsh climate both personal and political, I struggled with these short stories and never really seemed able to connect to any of the characters. Apparently they are based on a myriad of Russian stories and there's a short glossary at the back which provides some helpful connections. Have to say that unless you have read a wide range of Soviet l ...more
May 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Too overwhelmed by 33 moments of happiness frankly to give a damn. Perhaps there could have been far fewer moments to endure. While some of the stories were marginally interesting, many were just downright dull. It's an exercise in stylistics, references completely missed by me, and a largely tedious set of exercises at that. Done with Ingo Schulze, I am happy to say. He's had his chance to generate my interest and he's repeatedly failed. He just doesn't seem to have anything to say; that perhap ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Nope, i didn't enjoy it. It's a collection a very short episodes (not even stories?) but without a connection. I found it hard to follow.
Dec 03, 2011 added it
i love this book.
Chiara Tinelli
Una noia mortale! Poteva essere un capolavoro, invece per me è stato uno strazio dall'inizio alla fine!
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it
After charging in delight hrough the first ten or so stories, marveling at their freshness and gentle fantasy, I gave up on page 212, defeated by the repetition (33 stories is too much!) and the cloying replication of classic Russian prose styles. Defeated.
Jun 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schulze has some very solid short stories in this collection, but others fall a little flat. The best are truly surprising and precise.
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Ingo Schulze is a German writer born in Dresden in former East Germany. He studied classical philology at the University of Jena for five years, and, until the German reunification, was an assistant director (dramatic arts advisor) at the State Theatre in Altenburg 45 km south of Leipzig for two years. After oversleeping the events of the night of November 9 1989, Schultze started a newspaper with ...more
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