Nervous People, and Other Satires
Typical targets of Zoshchenko's satire are the Soviet bureaucracy, crowded conditions in communal apartments, marital infidelities and the rapid turnover in marriage partners, and "the petty-bourgeois mode of life, with its adulterous episodes, lying, and similar nonsense." His devices are farcical complications, satiric understatement, humorous anachronisms, and an ironic contrast between high-flown sentiments and the down-to-earth reality of mercenary instincts.
Zoshchenko's sharp and original satire offers a marvelous window on Russian life in the 20s and 30s.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - shawnd - LibraryThing
Zoshchenko was a Russian satirist writing during the Stalinist period in the USSR. His most published pieces were newspaper entries, sort of humorous op-eds, perhaps like a cross between the American ... Read full review
Review: Nervous People and Other SatiresUser Review - Zach - Goodreads
I have not read every single story, nor will I probably until I am officially retired, and not just unemployed. Here are encapsulated the very reason I detest going to the theater, and my frustrations ... Read full review
What the Nightingale Sang
The Lilacs Are Blooming
27 other sections not shown