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„მოსკოვი-პეტუშკი“, შეიძლება ითქვას, ავტორის ერთადერთი ნაწარმოებია, რომელმაც ვენედიქტ ეროფეევი მეოცე საუკუნის რუსული ლიტერატურის ერთ-ერთ გამორჩეულ სახედ აქცია და მას, ევროპელი მკითხველისა და ლიტერატორების აზრით, გოგოლისა და ჩეხოვის გვერდით მიუჩინა ადგილი. ერთი რამ აშკარაა – საბჭოთა, უფრო კი რუსი ადამიანის ცხოვრების ბლუზს ასე მკაფიოდ სხვა ვერც ერთ წიგნში ვერ შეიგრძნობთ. მთელ ...more
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Published September 28th 2018 by ინტელექტი (first published 1969)
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Vit Babenco
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genre of drinking songs is known since the ancient times and by writing his drinking poem Venedikt Erofeev managed to widen boundaries of the genre significantly. Moscow to the End of the Line is written in a gloomy but frilly vers libre.
The protagonist awakens to a fine and crisp morning full of freshness…
Oh, that morning burned in the heart! Oh, the illusory nature of calamity. Oh, the irretrievable! What’s worse about this burden which no one has yet called by any name, what’s worse – paralys
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else fine
Imagine a drunken Dante on an epic railway journey to nowhere, pondering the merits of various cocktails made from furniture polishes and solvents, debating the meaning of life and the worth of his soul, hilarious and tragic by turns. That'll give you a rough idea of what it's like to fall into this book. A delight every time I reread it. ...more
Jan-Maat
Maybe the best book about Brezhnev's Russia imaginable. If you are the kind of person who has ever got drunk with friends, stormed a police station and then declared war on Norway (view spoiler) then you will find much here that is familiar.

It's a book rich in allusion starting from the title (Moscow to Petushki) and structure, which is reminiscent of Radishchev's Journey from St.Petersburg to Moscow,whose description of the country landed the author in a certai
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--Moscow to the End of the Line
Mike
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: Paul

Recently, I drank beer with a friend whose native language is Arabic. As our bottles clinked, I asked him if there was anything we could say in Arabic that would be appropriate, such as "cheers", na zdorovya, etc. “No”, he laughed, “it is prohibited!” I then asked if there was an Arabic word for "hangover." No, he said. Not even some sort of impolite or forbidden word, I asked, or a word to describe people from other countries who’ve had too much alcohol, and what they experience when they wake
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Caro the Helmet Lady
A metaphysical seance of hard intellectual drinking.
And now I know where all these quotes come from.
Rodney
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
If dialectical materialism were turned on its head, something like angels would probably fall out. If you got drunk enough to cross Moscow a thousand times without ever seeing the Kremlin, something like freedom would happen, despite the State. If poky old Petushki became Eden, just because you loved and it was there, materialism would be turned right side up again, but with the angels left in. That’s Erofeev, whose incredibly Russian cocktail of sadness & joy, shame, spirituality, and sensual s ...more
Lori
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and funny intoxicated ramble around Moscow. The man wrecked by affect disorders not fun.

I hoped the angels might help him, but they embarrassed and silent.
El
Oh, crap, another Russian writer without a beard! It always makes me so sad. Like seeing a squirrel without a tail. It seems unnatural, unfair. Freakish.



I'm impressed by his attempt at a Clark Gable 'stache though.

So in the little bit of research I did on this book I found that it's considered a "postmodernist prose poem" which I didn't necessarily pick up on while I was reading it. (The "poem" bit, I mean - the "postmodernist" part was quite evident.) Now I'm not sure what to think. I feel like
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Caty
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most *beautiful* books I've ever read, hands down. Through a haze of alcohol, Soviet repression, and the hypnotic rhythm of a subway journey, Erofeev turns his drunken slapstick into brilliant satire, his own maudlin self pity into the lyrically transcendent. ...more
Sarah
If an epic can be brief then this is one – Erofeev’s drunken journey to the end of the Moscow train line, stuffed with thoughts and ponderings true, tragic and hilarious. The first thing that strikes the reader is the overriding compulsion to make sense of the world – to catalog, categorize and assign values to things. It starts in on page one and pretty much follows on every page:

“One of my acquaintances says that Coriander vodka has an antihuman effect on a person; that is, it strengthens all
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Valentina Chugunova
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
I've read this book 'bout 1 000 times. It's ultimate answer to your pain, depress and even happiness. ...more
Alexandra
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing
Amazing book :)))) For me it was hilarious and tragic, illuminating and devastating at the same time.

I really enjoyed Erofeev’s humor, which was based on paronomasia, or play on words. The grace, with which he interlaces words into most elegant and unobtrusive humor, was amazing and captivating. It is hard for me to judge, but I think that the novel in general and its humor in particular, might be hard to understand for people who is not closely familiar with everyday life of regular Russian peo
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Pavel
"And since then I have not regained consciousness, and I never will"

Venichka Erofeev never regained his full literary power after he finished this small book. Everything he had in his delicate beautiful sensitive soul, he expressed in this "poem", although it's written as a prose.
His friends saw only allegiance in his drunkenness, he never cherished alcohol itself, but yet he created the greatest hymn to drinking as a way of life.
"Moscow to the End of the Line" is a very funny book, there's a
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Jana
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
He's a drunken fucker with alcohol veins instead of blood. I like one of his disturbing recipes: medicine for a toothache. Find wild strawberries (whole plant with berries and roots) and one mole. Take the root of that strawberry and press it against the rotten tooth while you suffocate the mole with your other two fingers. This recipe goes in the same category as the joke I heard when I was little: what is the difference between the elephant's ears and a yoghurt? Yoghurt can be liquid. It’s bee ...more
David
I don't drink nearly enough to appreciate this book. ...more
Ellinor
The book is a tragic-comic account of the narrator's (fictional?) trip from Moscow to Petuschki. The first half of the book isoften very funny. The narrator's biggest worry is how to get his next drink - in fact, I don't think I've ever read a book in which anyone ever had that many drinks. And the characters drink everything: they even mix their own cocktails adding for example petrol or nail polish!
The book also talks a lot about the drinking habits of several authors (mainly Russian ones). I
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Adam Dalva
Occasionally very funny paean to alcohol, and, with its fun graphs and amusing diversions, is in the spirit of B.S. Johnson's great Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry. The first seventy pages are really excellent, as is a long analysis of writers' obsession with champagne, but as the book descends into stupor and madness once the lead boards the train, I found it increasingly frustrating to read. This might be a fault of translation (I suspect it is), because the novel has a good reputation in Ru ...more
SheaN
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: some-faves
Stumbled on this one by accident at the library. Don't start it without a bottle of hard alcohol nearby. This book is a hallucination. ...more
Eadweard
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read, russian
A recently fired alcoholic man rambles about stuff with passengers of a train while on his way somewhere. Funny book, had me smiling all the way through, and my liver hurtin' from so much booze talk. ...more
Jim Elkins
Example of the Old Russia, Long Gone

A drunken novel about a drunk who ends up being beaten to death. The back cover describes it as a "classic novel of Russian humor and social commentary."

"Russian humor" in this sense seems to mean: wildly associative and perversely dissociative; unpleasantly sarcastic; bitter to a fault, irreproachably, impeccably pessimistic; voluptuously black; giddy in its drunken embrace of hopelessness of all kinds. Any book that opens with this line: "The first edition o
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Janet
Feb 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia
This was a fascinating book, published 'samizdat' in the 1970s. All over the place, the drunken tumbling thoughts of a complete alcoholic, trying to get from Moscow to Petushi at the end of the metropolitan train line.... the recipes for drinks alone worth the price of the book. Here's one:
"Labor's crown is it's own supreme reward," as the poet said. In any event, I present to you the cocktail "Bitches Brew," a beverage which overshadows all others. This is more than a beverage--it is the music
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lisa_emily
Aug 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Russophiles, aspiring alcoholics
Funny & sad at the same time-people drink because life becomes too unbearable. Strangely it is the drink that keeps the narrator going. Caution: leave the drinking to professionals, especially if the drink calls for shoe polish.
Ekaterina Egorova
Apr 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I've finally read it. Happy? Now I just need to erase it from my brain ...more
Ana-Maria Bujor
This is a very strange little book, presenting the ramblings of a drunk man who drinks some more while traveling by train from Moscow. It all gets a bit surreal very fast and funny stories get mixed with existential drama, criticism of the political regime and hopelessness. And a lot of alcohol. It's definitely one of a kind. ...more
Ilgvars
I had heard good references about the book. I heard that it is a peculiar test of intelligence and humor. Could I miss the opportunity to join the circles of people with unconventional thinking, peculiar humor and refined taste?
No, no, I couldn’t.
And the book had been waiting on my Kindle for a while, the soul was sad and journey long. So on my bus from Liepāja to Rīga, I let Venichka share the path. But what a shame, what a disaster. I think I didn’t get the book. Even more, I don’t remember
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Darren
Astounding. Not much like anything else I've ever read. Echoes of Kafka and Bulgakov, but mainly reminded me of one of my fave movies - (view spoiler) - a surreal journey through... where exactly? to... where exactly? and populated by weird/wonderful minor characters with their own "business". Delving into the world of alcoholics' bewildering/bewildered dialogue was both very well done in itself and also served perfectly for the fractured narrative.
No-Qu
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Peter Landau
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How much is lost in translation? It doesn’t help that my knowledge of the late 1960s Soviet Union is limited to Ricky and Bullwinkle cartoons. Yet this satirical travelogue is a hoot, wild monologues, copious alcohol and a crack in the Iron Curtain that brings the house down.
Andrew Alper
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Venedikt Erofeev wrote two books, of which Moscow to the End of the Line was first. The second book was misplaced before it could be published, or even distributed via samizdat network.

"Moscow-Petushki," the original title, chronicals the travels, both psychological and psychological, of Venya, a 30 year old "Kid" who has recently lost his job as the supervisor of a cable fitting crew who spent all of their labors laying a single section of pipe over and over again. They worked so slowly that t
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Mary
Trippy, drunken, twisty-turny day in the life of Venedikt Erofeev. Mostly monologue, mostly on a train, totally sauced. Pretty deep philosophy expressed through lol allusion (I couldn't catch or connect all of it). He puts a premium on imagination and the future. The eponymous protag (who has never seen the Kremlin despite living in Moscow -- hahaha) remains as likeable as he is disgusting. It takes a lot to get me repulsed by a drink. Erofeev is up to the task! A bit grossed out here in sunny, ...more
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Venedikt Vasilyevich Erofeev (Венеди́кт Васи́льевич Ерофе́ев), was a Russian writer.

He managed to enter the philology department of the Moscow State University but was expelled from the University after a year and a half because he did not attend compulsory military training.

Later he studied in several more institutes in different towns including Kolomna and Vladimir but he has never managed to g
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