And quiet flows the vodka, or, When Pushkin comes to shove : the curmudgeon's guide to Russian literature and culture, with the devil's dictionary of received ideas : alphabetical reflections on the loathsomeness of Russia, American academia, and humanity in general /
Alicia Chudo ; edited by Andrew Sobesednikov.
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, c2000.
248 p. ; 23 cm.
0810117886 (alk. paper)
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alicia Chudo is best known as the founder of the discipline of misanthropology. Andrew Sobesednikov is an assistant fellow of the Interlocutors Foundation for the Promotion of One-Sided Debate. Both are pseudonyms of Gary Saul Morson
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-07-01:
Chudo, the pen name of Gary Saul Morson (Slavic languages and literature, Northwestern Univ.), has written a satirical survey of Russian civilization that is pure fun. Readers should not seek information here, for the book presupposes a good knowledge of Russian history and a thorough dislike of the pretentiousness of official interpretations. The author first gives a history of Russian literature in which most of the names and titles sound just a little different from those readers will remember but now have often ironic meanings. For example, Galicia becomes Garlicia, and the Russian scholar Vinogradov (meaning from the vineyard) appears as Vinopianov (wine-drunk). Chudo analyzes such literary masterpieces as War and Punishment and Nose from the Underground. David Senzel!s The Russians: Victims of History from Yaroslavl to Yeltsin (Book Guild, 1997) also aims at a humorous discussion of Russian civilization yet mistakenly sticks to the facts; unfortunately, as Nikolai Gogol noted, Russian facts are boring. Highly recommended for all Russian studies collections."Bert Beynen, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Ankeny, IO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Unpaid Annotation
Russia has fascinated outsiders for centuries, and according to Alicia Chudo (the pen name of Gary Saul Morson), it is high time this borscht stopped. Examining one thousand years worth of unreadable writers, revolutionaries who can't hit the broad side of a tsar, and Soviets who like their vodka and love their tractors, Chudo takes no prisoners in her magnum opus of misanthropy. And Quiet Flows the Vodka promises to be the final word on the dreary first two millennia of Russian literature, history, and culture.
Table of Contents
And Quiet Flows the Vodka, or When Pushkin Comes to Shove: The Curmudgeon's Guide to Russian Literature and Culture
Editor's Prefacep. 7
Beginnings: The Primary School Chronicle and Prince Vladimirp. 11
Boris and Gleb and Russian Military Strategyp. 15
The Hilarious Sermonp. 17
The Igor Talep. 19
The Eighteenth Centuryp. 25
Pushkinp. 27
Gogol, with His Story "Kleptonasia"p. 33
Herzen and Ogarevp. 39
Dostoevsky's Unfinished Novel, Torture (from the Notebooks to The Idiot): With Commentaryp. 43
Tolstoyp. 65
Scene from Chekhov's Play The Dodop. 77
The History of Russian Criticism and Thoughtp. 83
Notes on the Twentieth Centuryp. 103
Early Twentieth Century: The Age of Pseudonymsp. 103
The Nothingist Manifesto (Complete Text)p. 105
Formalism and Socialist Realismp. 107
Mikhail Bakhtinp. 109
Poetry of 1920p. 113
Poetry of the 1930s: The Art of Translationp. 116
Three New Stories by Daniil Kharmsp. 118
The Era of Torporp. 120
Postcommunism, Postmodernismp. 122
Three Reports from Minskp. 124
Sobesednikov's Dream: Dialogues of the Deadp. 130
The Awful Russian Languagep. 135
Key Dates in Russian Historyp. 143
Classifieds Reclassified: Advertising Russian Historyp. 146
Chudo's Familiar Quotations from Russian Culturep. 153
Conclusion: Two Dialogues of the Dead on Essential Russiannessp. 157
An Invitation to Be Bribedp. 161
A Note on the Author and Editorp. 163
The Devil's Dictionary of Received Ideas: Alphabetical Reflections on the Loathsomeness of Russia, American Academia, and Humanity in General
Editor's Prefacep. 167
The Devil's Dictionary of Received Ideasp. 171
A Note on the Author and Editorp. 249
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