I Heard Lenin Laugh

I Heard Lenin Laugh

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By (author) Martin Sixsmith

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm
  • Publication date: 19 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 033042677X
  • ISBN 13: 9780330426770
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,541,898

Product description

Hello, and pleasure to meet you. My name Yevgeny. Yevgeny, yes. But my friends they call me Zhenya. Now, where was I born? In Vitebsk. In the looking glass world of the old Soviet reality, the future is certain. But the past is unpredictable and the truth a negotiable commodity. Into this changeable environment comes young Zhenya Gorevich, struggling to embrace a supposed Communist utopia. When his mother confesses the unlikely secret of his parentage, he determines to escape Russia and find his long-lost father. On a pillock's progress, as trying as anything endured by Dostoyevsky's Prince Myshkin, the hapless Gorevich journeys from his dreary home town of Vitebsk to Moscow and, eventually, to swinging London and the 1966 World Cup in an effort to reclaim his birthright. Culminating with the 1966 World Cup in England, Martin Sixsmith delightfully combines the riotous tradition of Russian satire with his own wry humour in the story of one man's circuitous journey through life.

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Martin Sixsmith was born in Cheshire and educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980-1997, he worked for the BBC, as the Corporation's correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997-2002, he worked for the Government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary first to Harriet Harman, then to Alistair Darling and finally to Stephen Byers. He is now a writer, presenter and journalist.