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Paranoia: A Novel
by Victor Martinovich
translated by Diane Nemec Ignashev
foreword by Timothy Snyder
Northwestern University Press, 2013
Paper: 978-0-8101-2876-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-6643-1
Library of Congress Classification PG2835.3.M38P3713 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.735

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Immediately banned after it was published, Paranoia is a novel about how dictatorships survive by burrowing into the minds of those they rule, sowing distrust and blurring the boundaries between the state’s and the individual’s autonomy. Although Minsk and Belarus are never mentioned, they are clearly the author’s inspiration for the novel’s setting. The plot focuses on a doomed romance between a young man whose former lover has disappeared and a young woman whose other lover is the minister of state security. The novel evokes classic dissident literature while artfully depicting the post-Soviet, globalized world.


 

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