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Novel with Cocaine
by M. Ageyev
translated by Michael Henry Heim
Northwestern University Press, 1991
Paper: 978-0-8101-1709-9
Library of Congress Classification PG3476.A3164R613 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.7344

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A Dostoevskian psychological novel of ideas, Novel with Cocaine explores the interaction between psychology, philosophy, and ideology in its frank portrayal of an adolescent's cocaine addiction. The story relates the formative experiences of Vadim at school and with women before he turns to drug abuse and the philosophical reflections to which it gives rise. Although Ageyev makes little explicit reference to the Revolution, the novel's obsession with addictive forms of thinking finds resonance in the historical background, in which "our inborn feelings of humanity and justice" provoke "the cruelties and satanic transgressions committed in its name.

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