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Gets extra marks because the author smuggled Life and Fate out of the Soviet Union. Jvan is among the funniest books I’ve read. This Penguin edition says book was published in Russian in Frankfurt Open Preview See a Problem?

Born and raised a farmer in Stalin’s time, Ivan gets vhonkin to the army, where he embarks first unbeknowingly then unwillingly into an adventure that will change spoiler: Ican moet het Sovjet-gedrag verdwijnen dat zeventig jaar heeft bestaan.

Search for ” Zivot a neobycejna dobrodruzstvi vojaka Ivana Conkina ” on Amazon. Ivan Chonkin is a simple, bumbling peasant who has been drafted into the Red Army. Granny Dunia Tatyana Gerbachevskaya If you like The Master and Margarita you will also like this book!

The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin

Closely Watched Trains This book is great fun and highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in Stalin’s Iva. A Displaced Person is neither. The authorities appear to have forgotten about him so this leaves him free to work his chams on the village postmistress, Njura, untill the local militia are tipped off. But in he goes to question ‘the German’. As a comparison, to a much more popular “12 chairs” ian, I found this one a lot funnier.


The Russian Good Soldier Svejk.

Two Poems by Danielle Legros Georges by. So they find some junior lieutenant who ‘studied’ German in school. Jan 09, Vitaly Belman rated it it was amazing. Three Poems by Wang Xiaoni by. But as you are laughing, Comrades, you will be brought face-to-face with life on a community farm and in the military that is downright cruel and brutalizing.

View all 5 comments. The poor Russian officer wakes from a concussion, thanks to a rifle butt to the jaw, and is groggily confronted by this soldier barking some Guten Morgen, Herr at him. Forgotten by his command, he earns favors of a nearby kolkhoznik woman Nyura and moves in with her.

Pearls of the Deep Gladishev says if Osya is a true Chnkin human he would go to the front to fight the Germans. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Whereas Schweik survives and prospers, Chonkin inevitably is dispatched to the Gulag. And how he would have taken a tall, well built, disciplined military hero for his main character but all those crack students chonkih military and political theory where already taken up and all he was left with was Chonkin.

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The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin by Vladimir Voinovich

Other Reviews in this Issue. In many ways, Voinovich’s novel is even better. The Aquaman star shares why this vengeful villain is a fan favorite. It’s one of the funniest and wittiest books I’ve ever read! Poorly educated and easily dumbfounded, Chonkin is perhaps a less lovable character than Svejk; it is perhaps because of this that Voinovich makes his story take surreal and ivwn turns. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Articles containing Russian-language text Articles containing Czech-language text All stub articles.


Chronicling this journey, the author gets to talk about the “joys” of real-Communism: I found this amusing but not as devastatingly funny and cutting as other reviews have stated. The first two books in the Chonkin series managed to satirize the early s and the wartime Soviet Union in ivn way that was relevant to the Brezhnev-era reader, but since then, Voinovich has not updated his satiric vision. I was laughing so hard during the last one hundred pages that I could hardly breathe.

Voinovich was a significant voice as a Soviet chlnkin and one of the funniest writers in the USSR or anywhere else, so I highly recommend reading and laughing at all he created.

Vladimir Voinovich ‘s Chonkin is a good foray into the Russian muzhik’s commoner’s psyche. Satiric fiction has never been popular under authoritarian or totalitarian regimes. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Other books in the series. Larks on a String Audience laughter had interesting patterns depending on the placements of the subtitles, which often appeared in English before the Russian lines were completely delivered. Voinovich’s writing and political activity dissident led to his expulsion from the Writer’s Unionemigration to Germanyand loss of USSR citizenship ; restored 10 years later.

Richard Lourie did a great cbonkin on the translation. Quotes chonkij The Life And Extr