Envy

ISBN-10: 1590170865

ISBN-13: 9781590170861

Edition: 2004

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A NEW YORK REVIEW BOOKS ORIGINAL One of the delights of Russian literature, a tour de force that has been compared to the best of Nabokov and Bulgakov, Yuri Olesha's novella Envy brings together cutting social satire, slapstick humor, and a wild visionary streak. Andrei is a model Soviet citizen, a swaggeringly self-satisfied mogul of the food industry who intends to revolutionize modern life with mass-produced sausage. Nikolai is a loser. Finding him drunk in the gutter, Andrei gives him a bed for the night and a job as a gofer. Nikolai takes what he can, but that doesn't mean he's grateful. Griping, sulking, grovelingly abject, he despises everything Andrei believes in, even if he envies him his every breath. Producer and sponger, insider and outcast, master and man fight back and forth in the pages of Olesha's anarchic comedy. It is a contest of wills in which nothing is sure except the incorrigible human heart. Marian Schwartz's new English translation of Envy brilliantly captures the energy of Olesha's masterpiece.
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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 5/31/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 178
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Ken Kalfus is an American writer who has lived in Paris, Dublin, Belgrade, and most recently, Moscow. His first book, Thirst (also available from WSP), was one of the most celebrated story collections in recent years, meriting inclusion in the best-of-the-year lists of the New York Times, Salon, the Village Voice, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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