Nervous People and Other Satires

Nervous People and Other Satires

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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.
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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 35.56mm | 544.31g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253201926
  • 9780253201928
  • 1,750,595

Table of contents

IntroductionShort NovelsWhat the Nightingale SangThe Lilacs Are BloomingMichel SinyaginShort StoriesNervous PeopleThe Lady AristocratThe BathhouseDog ScentThe CrisisPovertyPatientsLyalka FiftyPelageyaLuckyA Summer BreatherThe Merry-Go-RoundThe WatchmanThe Czar's BootsThe Quality of ProductionA Clever Little TrickThe BottleThe NursemaidDon't SpeculateThe AffidavitWeak PackagingThe Story of a Man Who Was Purged from the PartyAn Incident on the VolgaBaths and PeopleA Forge of HealthA TragicomedyAn Amusing AdventureA Water BalletMuch Ado About NothingA True IncidentThe GaloshA Heart of StoneMore on the Anti-Noise CampaignThe DictaphoneThe History of an IllnessBig-City LightsCloudsThe Pushkin CentennialThe Canvas Brief CaseThe Funeral FeastRosa-MariaA Jolly GameA Final UnpleasantnessBees and PeopleThe BuoyThe Adventures of a MonkeyAn Extraordinary IncidentAutobiographyBefore Sunrise (excerpts)
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