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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Chonkin and his pining lover, Nyura, remain delightful. Unfortunately, for Chonkin Stalin’s communist apparatchiks were far more skilled persecutors than Franz Joseph’s Imperial bureaucrats.

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chomkin Nyura’s cow eats the patch of experimental tomato-potato hybrids of the local mad genius agronomist Gladyshev, and in a retaliation the latter sends an anonymous note to NKVD that Chonkin is a deserter.

A witty, fun Soviet Satire.

Chonkin a hapless, stupid soldier, is a classic Ivan from a folk tale who although simple and straight forward will win through in the end. Books by Vladimir Voinovich. Feb 09, Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stalin tells the sergeant in charge that Private Chonkin abandoned his post guarding the aircraft, lost his combat weapon and therefore deserves to be shot. The command is unable to tow the aircraft and decided to put him near the hour.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ivaan 25, Robyn Latchford rated it it was amazing Shelves: For instance, at one village meeting the chairman of the local kolkhoz collective farm chastises members who fail to work the minimum number of workdays.

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Voinovich’s writing and political activity dissident led to his expulsion from the Writer’s Unionemigration to Germanyand loss of USSR citizenship ; restored 10 years later. Other books in the series.

The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin by Vladimir Voinovich

General Drynov Nikolai Marchenko Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ivan Chonkin and his neighbor Gladischev are ridiculous people who dream about even more ridiculous things based entirely on their inability to participate in normal human conversations. The book ends with the joke on Gladyshev, whose misunderstanding of evolution that monkeys became man through labor and intelligence has been thoroughly dissettled by Chonkin’s question why horses do not become men if they work harder than men do, finds a note attached to the bottom of a hoof of his dead horse which had earlier disappeared.

It is a pleasant read, a reunion with old friends, but little more. My only qualm with the book is the inconsistency of Chonkin’s stupidity.

Having received no letters from Chonkin, she decides to write them herself, creating an airman whose fearlessness in battle gets him promoted to colonel and eventually shot down and killed. What I had on my mind throughout was uvan realization that few today understand the scourge of this system of government.

This shares a space on my shelf next to Moscow to the End of the Line as the most hilariously entertaining Russian books I’ve read. Sep 12, Brian Gramman rated it really liked it. The narrator relays a rapid change of chairmen over at another village. That has to count for something. Need to go back. Stalin grins slyly to himself behind his mustache. An evocation of the childhood memories of Bohumil Hrabal in his provincial town of Nymburk, dominated by the local brewery. Zijn roman De merkwaardige lotgevallen van soldaat Ivan Tsjonkin kun je keer op keer herlezen om telkens ican om iets anders te moeten schaterlachen.


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This Penguin edition says book was published in Cohnkin in Ivxn Thinking himself captured by the Nazis, he starts shouting Heil Hitler! A regiment is sent against “Chonkin’s gang”, but Chonkin successfully fends them off until they use artillery. I started this and laughed But in he goes to question ‘the German’. Born and raised a igan in Stalin’s time, Ivan gets called to the army, where he embarks first unbeknowingly then unwillingly into an adventure that will change spoiler: Movie – Venice Film Festival.

While his most significant achievement may have been sneaking Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate out of the Soviet Union, it would be a shame to ignore his own literary output, much of which took the same bravery to write as Grossman’s did.