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Envy (original 1927; edition 2004)

by I︠U︡riĭ Karlovich Olesha, Ken Kalfus (Introduction), Marian Schwartz (Translator), Nathan Altman (Illustrator)

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Title:Envy
Authors:I︠U︡riĭ Karlovich Olesha
Other authors:Ken Kalfus (Introduction), Marian Schwartz (Translator), Nathan Altman (Illustrator)
Info:New York: New York Review Books, 2004.
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Tags:fiction, male author, russian, russia, satire, nyrb, new york review books classics, bookshelf37, read2012, TIOLI

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Envy by Yuri Olesha (1927)

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Here's a question for you: What do you get when you cross Dostoyevsky's underground man, Gogol's wicked satire, a Nabokovian gift for metaphor, and place them in early Soviet Russia?

Unfortunately, something less than the sum of its parts.

Envy is set in 1920s Soviet Russia, with a drunken loser, Kavalerov, living in the home of a porcine official sausage-maker, Babichev, who is beloved by all. Kavalerov hates Babichev's guts, and writes a letter full of bile against him. Soon after, there's some family drama with Babichev's brother, Ivan.

The language, aside from a few fantastic metaphors, is dull. The narrative is gormless, and largely exists to string together the better moments together. For a 'Modernist' work, it is not as metaphorical or colorful, like Petersburg. I'm not sure whether to ascribe it to undiscovered Soviet editorial mangling, or a subpar translation (the NYRB edition). A pity. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
First published in 1927 at the wave of Soviet avant-garde fiction, it is a small wonder that this book got in print. Its surreal and playful style is a great precursor to Master and Margarita, which Bulgakov started to write in 1928. Olesha managed to write a deeply ironic and satiric piece that nevertheless won official critical acclaim - this alone is a testimony that the novel can be read on several different levels.

A masterpiece of Russian fiction that deserves to be listed among the major works of 20th century literature. ( )
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First published in 1927, Yuri Olesha’s Envy is, both stylistically and thematically one of the most provocative novels of the Soviet Era. Andre Babichev is a paragon of Soviet values, an innovative and practical man, Director of the Food Industry Trust, a man whose vision encompasses such future advances for mankind as the 35-kopeck sausage and the self-peeling potato. Out of kindness, he rescues from the gutter Nikolia Kavalerov, violently tossed from a bar after a drunken and self-destructive tirade. But instead of gratitude, Babichev finds himself the subject of an endlessly malignant jealousy, as Kavaelrov sees in him a representative of the new breed of man who has prevented him from realizing his greatness. A scathing social satire, Envy is a concise and incisive exploration of the paradigmatic conflicts of the early Soviet age: old versus new, imagination versus pragmatism, and the alienation of the romantic artist in the age of technology.

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