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A Displaced Person: The Later Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin
by Vladimir Voinovich
translated by Andrew Bromfield
Northwestern University Press, 2012
Paper: 978-0-8101-2662-6
Library of Congress Classification PG3489.4.I53P413 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.7344

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In A Displaced Person—the third book in a trilogy that began with the modern classic The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin and continued with Pretender to the Throne—author Vladimir Voinovich turns his satirical eye to the difficult last days of the Soviet Communism he so lampooned. Often absurd, A Displaced Person follows a series of random events that brings Chonkin to the United States, where he becomes a farmer and, eventually, a member of a congressional delegation sent to the Soviet Union in 1989, during perestroika, to discuss agriculture with the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. A Displaced Person carries on the rich Russian tradition of an essentially comic response to the absurdities inherent in totalitarian regimes.

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