A FRIENDLY LETTER TO LENIN, NINOCHKA, AND OTHER SHORT STORIES BY ARKADY AVERCHENKO

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Year:2010
Pages:324
ISBN:0-7734-3765-7
978-0-7734-3765-4
Price:219.95
This work is the first English translation of a selected collection of short stories by Arkady Averchenko (1881-1925), the prolific writer of satirical and humorous prose in prerevolutionary Russia.

Reviews

“In the Soviet Union, Averchenko’s stories were rarely and selectively published and heavily criticized — beginning with Lenin himself in a Pravda article (1921). After the fall of Communism in 1991, the writer was “re-discovered” in Russia andis now widely published and discussed there.” – Ludmila A. Foster, Voice of America Russian Service

“Mr. Kozak is a talented professional translator and a person with a noble mission.” – John Glad, Former Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Table of Contents

Frontispiece
Portrait of Arkady Timofeevich Averchenko by Serik Kulmeshkenov
Foreword: The King of Laughter by Stanislav Stepanovich Nikonenko
Preface
Averchenko’s Humor Rediscovered: The Translator’s Introduction and Arkady Averchenko’s Brief Biography
ART AND CRITIQUE
An Astonishing Incident
At the French Centennial Exhibit
Rat on a Serving Tray
KIDS
Galochka
In the Evening
Kids
Waiting for Dinner
LOVE AND DECEIT
A Dude
Petukhov the Rooster
Somber Shrovetide
The Lie
The Secret
MEN AND WOMEN
Connoisseur of the Female
Friendship
Men
Mr. Vopyagin’s Two Crimes
My Wife
Ninochka
The Mosaic
POLITICAL SATIRE
A Feeble Head
A Friendly Letter to Lenin From Arkady Averchenko
A Meeting
A Progressive Tax
SENTIMENTAL STORIES
An Ordinary Woman
Of Old Age
Seven O’Clock in the Evening
SOCIETY
A Boulder Around One’s Neck
A Foursome
A Sentimental Romance
Easter Dreams
The Album
The Lonesome Gentleman
Trick of a Great Movie
THE FOURTH ESTATE
My Student
Scythe Upon a Rock
Spermine
The Golden Age
Yellow Journalism
THE PROFESSIONS
A Professional’s Grief
Carving Up Things
Rotten Through and Through
The Incurables
The Knight of Industry
The Vacuum Cleaner