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Envy (original 1927; edition 2004)
by I︠U︡riĭ Karlovich Olesha, Marian Schwartz (Translator), Ken Kalfus (Introduction), Nathan Altman (Illustrator)
Envy by Yuri Olesha (1927)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0882330918, Paperback)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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