Praise for Monumental Propaganda
“If Frank Capra had been an acerbic Russian novelist and not a sunny American filmmaker, he might have written novels like Vladimir Voinovich’s: funny, antic works that pit the little man against the system, ordinary folks against bureaucratic institutions and corrupt authorities. Mr. Voinovich’s novels . . . unfold into philosophical meditations on the venality, hubris and folly of the human condition.”–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Often touching . . . Monumental Propaganda is a novel that slashes and rips . . . In his translation, Andrew Bromfield deftly shifts his tone and tools as required, remaining true to Voinovich’s Vonnegut-like playfulness and appreciation of the absurb.” –Ken Kalfus, The New York Times Book Review
“Belly-busting comic genius . . . There are enough hilarious one-liners in Monumental Propaganda to make up for seven decades of Soviet earnestness.” –Boris Fishman, The Nation
“Monumental Propaganda, the latest novel by Vladimir Voinovich, one of the best-known and best-loved Soviet emigré writers, differs from other satires of Soviet life in that it takes that irrelevance — of ideas, of philosophies, of people, of morality — as its theme . . . Voinovich caricatures the cowardly toadies whose views changed along with the politics of the times, poking fun at their provincial manners and pompous declarations.”–Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post
“Very earthy humor . . . Voinovich is wonderfully deft at balancing the grotesque and the realistic . . . a fine study of the peculiar buffoonery of Soviet life, with its fearful conformities, petty dissidents and its decadent final decades.” —Publishers Weekly
From the Hardcover edition.