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Novel with cocaine /
M. Ageyev ; translated by Michael Henry Heim.
imprint
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 1998 printing.
description
viii, 204 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
0810117096 (pbk.)
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imprint
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 1998 printing.
isbn
0810117096 (pbk.)
general note
Originally published: New York : E.P. Dutton, c1984.
catalogue key
4860960
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Main Description
A bizarre and deeply disturbing account of a young man's descent into addiction, this story brilliantly mirrors the tumultuous events of early 20th-century Russian history. Struggling with the confusion and insecurities that adolescence brings, Vadim seeks an outlet for his frustration. Following unfulfilling attempts at classroom rebellion, filial disobedience, and teenage sex, he is drawn further and further into the world of illicit drugs. As his desire to experiment with narcotics grows stronger, so too do his feelings of worthlessness and isolation; and his ultimate physical surrender to cocaine mirrors his nation's psychological capitulation to a world where morals no longer apply. This extraordinary work, astonishingly prescient for its time, is written by the pseudonymous M. Ageyev.
Unpaid Annotation
The story of an adolescent's cocaine addiction, Novel with Cocaine relates the formative experiences of its antihero, Vadim, at school and with women before turning to the experience of drug abuse itself and the philosophical reflections to which it gives rise. Although it makes little explicit reference to the Revolution, the novel's obsession with cruelly addictive forms of thinking finds great resonance in the historical setting that forms its background, in which "our inborn feelings of humanity and justice" provoke "the cruelties and satanic transgressions committed in its name."

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