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Moscow 2042

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  904 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
The year is 1982, just two years before that made famous by Orwell. An exiled Soviet writer discovers that a German travel agency is booking flights through a time warp to a variety of tempting sites and dates in the future. Moscow? The year 2042? How can he resist? Afterword by the Author. Translated by Richard Lourie.
Paperback, 444 pages
Published September 24th 1990 by Mariner Books (first published 1987)
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Jan-Maat
Jul 24, 2011 added it
Recommends it for: readers of time travel stories, people who found Solzhenitsyn over the top and fans of satire
One of the problems of life is that it is not very inventive. Sometimes life is terribly embarrassed by this and shamelessly borrows from art. I remember being in Russia in the mid 1990s, about the time of the first Chechen war, watching television, which made a change from loosing games of chess to ten year olds with ever decreasing grace. Anyhow on the television there was a broadcast showing an Orthodox priest at a military airbase sprinkling Holy Water on war planes. The odd thing about this ...more
Pavel
Moscow 2042 is a perfect example of dystopia, which is not another metaphor of pubescence and funny and scary instead. The book is written in 1986. Future of Russia is depicted like that in it:
- the Moscow country is ruled by Genialissimo (who is Church patriarch at the same time), former KGB general who managed to accumulate all powers by the party named Communist party of State Security-basically a group of former officials, kgb members and priests.
- Genialissimo in reality has no power, th
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Erin
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Don't read synopses, don't read any other reviews. Just read this book, immediately.
Natalie Bylewskaya
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: utopia
"И вообще, что такое народ? И есть ли вообще разница между народом, населением, обществом, толпой, нацией или массами? И как назвать миллионы людей, которые восторженно бегут за своими сумасшедшими вождями, неся их бесчисленные портреты и скандируя их безумные лозунги? Если ты хочешь сказать, что самое лучшее, что есть среди этих миллионов, это и есть народ, то тогда ты должен признать, что народ состоит всего из нескольких человек. Но если народ--это большинство, то я тебе должен сказать, что н ...more
Sincerae Smith
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sincerae by: My Russian friend
But if the people are the majority, then I should tell you that the people are stupidier than any one person. It's much more difficult to convince one individual of an idiotic idea than an entire people. ~ Lyoshka Bukashev, the Genialissimo

Human nature is so low! ~ Vitaly Kartsev

Both quotes are from Vladimir Voinovich's novel Moscow 2042, and though not funny and quite true about the human condition the novel is a whirlwind of humor. The novel is political and human satire. Voinovich wrote in th
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Jeremy
Dec 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
A damn funny Satire of late Soviet Russian ineptitude. Think Jaroslav Hasek meets 1984. The story takes its dear time getting started. But once you reach the year 2042, it just explodes with madness. Voinovich has a bone to pick with everyone. He could almost make a living out of ridiculing Solzhenitsyn alone.
Eugenia
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Автор действительно провидец - предсказал и гэбиста-гениалиссимуса, и государственных попов... А ведь только тридцать лет прошло из шестидесяти!
Jacobsson
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Блеклая, пытающаяся выкрутиться только в последней трети фантазия, рассказанная с самой бесячей из возможных интонацией «дурачка». Роскомлитхоз, страслый и ужаслый.
Hank
Jan 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
I'm not a student of either Russian politics or literature,, so I'm sure plenty of the deeper meaning (and possibly the jokes) passed me by on this one. That being said, I'm enough a child of the Cold War - and Voinovich is enough of a writer - that I didn't feel lost or let down. My sister asked what I was reading. I showed it to her and said, "It's funny as hell. It's a lot funnier than it looks from the cover." She, of course, replied, "It would have to be."

Moscow 2042 came out in 1986, writt
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Ira Therebel
The book is fantastic. Really caused a lot of public disturbance by not being able to not laugh loudly when reading it. I guess I found my favorite Russian writer considering that this book seemed perfect and isn't even his most popular work.

Written shortly before the fall of the USSR this book is a satire talking about the narrator (based on the author) going on a time machine trip to Moscow of 2042 to see what the future brings it and the communism. It is hilarious and does a great job to paro
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Ivan Bogdanov
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Това е невероятна сатира писана от съветски автор в годините на Перестройката. Накратко, авторът, виден дисидент и изгонен в ФГР получава възможност с машината на времето, да прелети до Моска 2042. Там го посреща победилия комунизъм и започват невероятните истории.
Авторът се бъзика с писателския съюз, с Академията на науките и с целия комунистически строй.
Не знам доколко биха разбрали хумора хора не живяли през соца и неработили в държавни структури.
Хилил съм се на глас, защото автора много остр
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André Rebelo
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best dystopian novels i have ever read. This one and the novel "We" surely give us another type of vision about this theme.

In this novel it was possible to live a little bit of the Utopian dream of the Comunism regime and give us the perfect vision of what is happening nowadays, in each ever regime we are living on. Old people that don't want to leave the power, control of the masses, distortion of reality and the masterpiece of being able to make people focus on futile things other t
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Dominic Basulto
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brilliant comic satire. Moscow of the future sounds just like Moscow of today and Moscow of the 1980s. In 2042, Communism has become a parody of itself (i.e. state-run newspapers are published as rolls of toilet paper), a KGB general is in charge of things, a cult of personality is in full swing, and Russia is surrounded by enemies. And, as always, the search is on for a bearded mystic on horseback who can ride to the rescue. It's easy to see why this book was banned in the Soviet Union when it ...more
verbava
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia
місцями дуже й дуже непогано:
- "гегельянство, кантіанство і метафізика" - лайка на всі часи, треба буде взяти на озброєння;
- ненав'язливі, добре вписані в сюжет філософські роздуми про первинне і вторинне, від "кто сдает продукт вторичный, той снабжается отлично" до міркувань, що кого наслідує: творчість життя чи навпаки;
- ідея, що утопію можна зруйнувати, тільки збудувавши її.
якби він ще трошечки менше блазнював, було б зовсім хороше.
Lisa Hayden Espenschade
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of dystopias with a sense of humor
Recommended to Lisa by: ?
I enjoyed Moscow 2042 when I read it years ago in translation and enjoyed it again this time around in the original: Voinovich is a master of combining high and low humor in political satire.

There's more on my blog here.
Damian Garside
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant satire, playing with the time-travel paradox (the narrator finds that everyone in the future Soviet society is giving him special care and attention because they have all read the book he wrote when he returned to the 1980s). Vicious satirical portrait of Alexander Solzenitsyn.
1.1
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
A fine satire that answers a question I never knew I had: "What if Vonnegut was a former communist?"

Really enjoyed the book, it was long but well done, so that wasn't much of an issue. It was also pretty funny at points, which is a plus in this type of literature.
Staren
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what I call a good satire. Войнович apparently intended to provide a vaccination against pink dreams about "a perfect communist society," but he somehow managed to do something much bigger and closer to reality - our today's reality.

From the begining, you read the book as something quite stupid and non-serious, because the author himself presents it as a stupid and non-serious story, but at some point you start to feel scared and really disgusted as the events more and more remind you so
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Vasyl Shymanskyi
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
В який, все-таки, прекрасний час живемо)
Volodymyr
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2017
Liked it, although the idea (at the time of writing) was not new already and it's not so hard for a person who has lived in a USSR to write about this country. I think thing i liked the most is the line about Sim Simych, showing another crazy extreme to a world of "communism".
Author becomes annoying sometimes and too typical for a late USSR emigrant writer in using things which were tabooed for him, like with unnecessary sex scenes and excessive obsession with the "secondary product" theme.
Trevor Durham
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading contemporary Russian political satire is certainly strange. I enjoyed it heartily, if for the drolling first hundred pages. I can recommend it to those who have need of something between Bulgakov and Solzhenitsyn.
Bill Keefe
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Wow! This one took months...mostly months of inactivity, so I only have vague memories of a promising beginning. I am not well read in satire. After a school reading of Candide, I believe there was nothing. So, I have a feeling, an inkling that this was a very good book but I truly don't know. I do know that it was too remote, too dry, too clinical for me to truly get into it. I could see the humor - and the tragedy in the humor - but not enough to internalize it and laugh or cry. I found myself ...more
Robert
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a novel built on a fascinating concept that doesn't quite stand up to the test of time. Our main character is a Russian writer exiled to Munich during the early 80's. He happens upon a deal from Lufthansa for a flight to Moscow in the year 2042. Throughout this bizarre journey, our writer bears witness to the outrageous society that has bloomed over the intermittent 60 years, as the Soviet Union has evolved into a dystopian cult of personality. Voinovich plays around with some fun meta-n ...more
Edmund Davis-Quinn
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, biblio-ct
This one took me a long time to read. Partially because I waited until it was almost out of renewals to really get into it.

It's so bizarre, weird and fascinating.

Written by Soviet exile Vladimir Voinovich in 1986, about taking a time machine 60 years into the future from Munich, Germany in 1982 to Moscow in 2042.

I don't want to give away much, but he goes to an incredibly bizarre future of communism.

Where all secondary matter is primary matter, i.e. it's all shit.

I'm glad the Soviet Union collap
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g026r
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
A bit too much of a particular time to remain as enjoyable as it might have been. (That time being the final moments of the Brezhnev-era, and its life support continuation under Andropov & Chernenko.) Probably not helped by the fact that it feels perhaps 100 pages too long, and the afterword where the author discusses how political changes in Moscow have rendered it even more relevant — an afterword written in 1990. (Oops.)

That said, the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn parody remains hilarious.
Edmond Dantes
In se sarebbe anche un bel libro, se uno non avesse letto Propaganda Monumentale dello stesso autore che è almeno 2 Gradini superiori.
Occorre riconoscere comunque all'autore una capacità di "divinazione " sull'animo russo, avendogli fatto prevedere un Leader della immaginaria Mosca del 2042 esponente del KGB già nell'arcaico 1986
Come tutti i grandi scrittori russi non si può certo dire che sprizzi amore per il suo popolo... e, personalmente, soprattutto per Solgenitsin
Valissa
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
quite the enjoyable dis-distopian tale. funny, outrageous, with a perfectly flawed narrator, and the ridiculousness that only people with the best intentions can create.

the cherry on this delectable dessert was the afterword, written in 1990, where the author is forced to answer some heavy claims of precognition regarding the fate of soviet communism. tragically hilarious.
Igor
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was meant as a vicious satire on Soviet communism and Solzhenitsyn. The communism part is a poor man's 1984, attempted to be perhaps more absurd but resulted just stupid instead. The Solzhenitsyn part is quite good, but it's just a few pages, and it can't save the book. He should have published just a short story about him, and it'd be brilliant. Too bad.
Dmitry Zvorykin
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Отличная пародия на Оруэлла, Солженицына, Толстого и половину советской действительности сразу. Весело, динамично, а кое в чём и провидчески. Прошло всего двадцать лет, а Отцы Звездонии тут как тут! Обязательно читать!
Sandra
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. I liked the sometimes Catch-22 situations of the author's imagined future of Communism (the protagonist arrives hungry, but is unable to get food without first producing some output). Yes, it's over the top, but that's what satire is all about!
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Vladimir Voinovich (Владимир Николаевич Войнович) was born in what is now Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, but which at the time of his birth was Stalinabad, a city in the USSR.

Voinovich started writing and publishing poetry during the army service; he later switched to writing prose and ultimately became famous as a master of satirical depiction of the absurdity of Soviet life. However, he d
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