Life with an Idiot

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Penguin, 2004 - Fiction - 242 pages
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Victor Erofeyev, a giant of contemporary Russian literature, has been hailed as the heir to the long- lost Russian avant-garde. The son of a high-ranking former Soviet diplomat, Erofeyev rebelled against Soviet values, and his works were banned until the Gorbachev era. His first translated novel, Russian Beauty, was published to great critical acclaim, and his writings in the New Yorkerhave won many American fans. Here, for the first time in English, is a collection of short stories written between 1978 and 1990, some of which have already acquired classic status in Russia. Written during the death-throes of the Soviet Union, though still relevant today, they have implications that are not restricted to Russia alone. In a nimble translation that preserves the dazzle and nuance of Erofeyev's rich language, Life with an Idiotwill introduce Victor Erofeyev to a new generation of readers.

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Victor Erofeyev is a highly controversial figure in Russian literature.
Andrew Reynolds, professor of Slavic languages at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, has translated Victor Erofeyev's Russian Beautyas well as The Penguin Book of New Russian Writing, which he co-edited with Erofeyev.

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