By Victor Pelevin
Translated from the Russian, this razor-sharp satire on shopper tradition, Russian kind, follows the impossible to resist upward push of a Moscow advertisements copywriter, who specialises in adjusting Western ads to the japanese mentality and promoting Pepsi, Seven-up, Gucci, Mercedes and Reebok to the emerging center classification.
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This hilarious novel following the continued adventures of Ivan Chonkin, an easy peasant who has been arrested as a traitor after spending global conflict II fortunately tending a backyard. during this sequel to the intense lifestyles and Adventures of non-public Ivan Chonkin, Vladimir Voinovich ridicules every thing sacred to the Soviet Union--the military, the justice procedure, the click, and Stalin himself--in a fresh mixture of dissident sense of right and wrong and common humor.
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