by Myra Page
University of Illinois Press, 1995
Paper: 978-0-252-06499-9
Library of Congress Classification PS3531.A235M67 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

   The Depression era closing
        of a Ford plant sends Andy and two companions to Moscow to find work in
        a Soviet automotive plant, where he meets Natasha, an exemplar of the
        "new Soviet woman." Based on Myra Page's own experiences in Moscow during
        the first Five-Year Plan, Natasha is a portrait of women's contradictory
        social position in the early periods of socialist construction. At the
        core of this novel is a firsthand look at the developing forces and changing
        relations of production forces that bring about the conversion of Andy
        into a "Moscow Yankee." While revealing the political and economic policies
        that would inevitably lead to the demise of Soviet-style socialism, Moscow
        Yankee refutes the notion that egalitarian societies cannot succeed
        because they fail to take into account the individualism and greed of
        "human nature." Barbara Foley's introduction analyzes the Soviet Socialist
        construction in Page's novel and the politics of the novelistic form in
        relation to Moscow Yankee.
      Originally published in 1935
      "A picture of Americans lured
        to Moscow by hope in the 'great experiment,' and of others driven there
        by the depression, and of still others attracted by the simple desire
        to get good engineering jobs, Moscow Yankee; has a decided
        value . . . a sense of life, stirring in the chaos of destruction and
        reconstruction." -- The New York Times Book Review

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