Limonov grades the women in his life like a report card, by letter. But the few real audacities he confesses indicate a shared obtuseness about women. In the same book, he springs what he imagines will be a delightful surprise on his current girlfriend by publishing a richly detailed account of their intimacies in Le Monde. What energy! Hence the ventriloquial effect. In at least one sense, Limonov is truly innovative: never before, as far as I know, has paraphrase been taken this seriously as a literary form. As in his pseudo-biography of Philip K. He describes an oatmeal-grey childhood in Dzerzhinsk in Ukraine in the last years of Stalin; precocious teenage thuggery, precocious fondness for writing poetry; after exhausting the bohemian possibilities of Dzerzhinsk, dicey underground survival in Moscow, where he achieves minor notoriety; in the mids, thanks to relaxed emigration policies, flight to New York with an aspiring fashion model wife.
There, the thrill and misery of being taken up and promptly dropped by the beau monde; welfare-hotel subsistence after his wife leaves him; sexual liaisons with black men met in the streets. Limonov's prose has a tendency to reach hysterical levels of emotion; whether this is a good or bad mark will probably depend on the reader. View 1 comment.
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Jan 03, Lena rated it liked it. An incredibly vulgar and pretentious book. Overall entertaining, and I could see and understand where he was coming from Made me blush while reading in the NY subways. So cocky! I read this book, cause I was curious about the "Limonov sucked a black man's cock" allegations. Thankfully the Dutch and also the French and Italian translation is called "The Russian poet likes big Negroes" Leave it to the Germans to call it "Fuck off, America" Maybe Germans don't see sucking a black man's cock as such a big deal.
The content, of course it could do with less gay sex and masturbation. It tells the story of a Russian emigre dissident, who is forced to take welfare and has lo I read this book, cause I was curious about the "Limonov sucked a black man's cock" allegations. It tells the story of a Russian emigre dissident, who is forced to take welfare and has lost all hope about free America. He becomes cynic and depressed and so on and so on. It criticizes the glorifying rhetoric about America of Russian dissidents at that time and the neglect of the Russian dissidents by the American government.
Russian scholars and poets were forced to work as busboys and movers. It served them right probably.
The decline and fall of a man who once seemed poised to become the next great émigré writer.
This is the first russian book I read that had curses actually printed in it. I know in English it is not a big deal but actually see in the Cyrillic print, in the same font my pledge of allegiance to the young pioneers had been printed in -- "I fingerfucked her cunt for what seemed to be forever" was an unsettling and unforgettable experience. Besides the shock volume it's ok -- the usual bitch and moan of a misunderstood artist. This is an important book in the content of its time -- the close This is the first russian book I read that had curses actually printed in it.
This is an important book in the content of its time -- the close-up of the apocalyptic horseman. Nov 12, Dave rated it really liked it. This book is partly responsible for my acting like an asshole for as long as i did. I heard that Ayn Rand has the same effect. Eduard collects welfare in his crummy apartment, buys wine, and walks around at night wearing a white three-piece suit. He carries no money and therefore doesn't have to worry about being robbed.
Plus he hates women. That about sums it up. Arrested for attempting to assemble an army in Russia to invade Kazakhistan. I heard him on NPR recently discussing the protest movem This book is partly responsible for my acting like an asshole for as long as i did. I heard him on NPR recently discussing the protest movement in Russia. They never mentioned the novels he wrote.
This was not a perfect book, but it's one of the best books ever written. The protagonist was a miserable wretch sometimes, but his life was that of a miserable wretch sometimes too. Deeply romantic and moving. Both in the classical sense and the general sense. The version I read was translated from Russian by S.
Campbell I cannot speak for any other translation, but I do recommend this one as fantastic.
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Some of the diction and dialogue is what makes it one of the best books ever writte This was not a perfect book, but it's one of the best books ever written. Some of the diction and dialogue is what makes it one of the best books ever written. Apr 11, Grizel rated it liked it. After about 90 pages of this, you start to see why.
While the author comes across as a man of modest talents and exagerated self-regard, there are some good insights on Russians, Russian emigres and their experience in America, and untalented artists who think emigrating to a foreign country will get them the respect they aren't getting at home. I haven't read it. Mar 27, Steven added it. I read about this guy in the NYT magazine. I guess he's one of the leading anti-Putin figures in Russia now. This book is about him living in New York in the late 70s. Kind of derivative of beat literature, but entertaining and a quick read.
He does seem like a pretentious jerk, though. Dec 15, Chris Tempel rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-canon. For me the antidote to my political problem with the novel was Limonov, who is styled as a commoner literature, writing frankly about personal adventures, problems, and dreams. And, I must say, I identified with it. Once Limonov gets in your brain you'll never try to write a Great American Novel. Dec 30, Iamazai rated it it was amazing. Russian novelist and principal leader of the neo-Bolsheviks.
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Nov 12, Charles Baudelaire rated it it was amazing. I found it on the street and loved it. Actually, memoires of Russian punk might be even better.
Aug 30, Daniel Pitt rated it it was amazing. If you read this book with any trace of pride or insecurity - in other words, in a normal state of mind - you're not going to understand it. If you're at home, or if you feel comfortable somewhere else, or if you have anything to lose at all, you're going to hate it.
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If you read this at your worst, when nothing seems to be going right and you don't belong anywhere, then you'll understand it. Nov 17, Shanda Carlsen rated it really liked it. Even though the book was pretty vulgar, I thought it was an excellent read. My understanding is when it was first released many countries wouldn't publish it due to the 'leave it to Beaver' atmosphere at the time. Eddie speaks from a true protagonist point of view. About this Item: Picador - Macmillan, UK hardback first impression.
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