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  1. Ever stopped to look at a dried up turd in a field I mean, really looked at the thing, hunkering down to admire the dessicated swirl of it, treasuring up the perception as one radiant gift in life s lavish plenitude Um, no, me either, actually But Yuri Olesha apparently has There s an amazing passage in Envy where a character is crossing a vacant lot and listing all the detritus he sees, in a mock epic catalogue that takes in, among other things, a bottle, a shoe and a shred of bandage, before [...]

  2. Soviet writers Yury Olesha really pulled something off with Envy 1927 he published a scathing satire of the pomposity and limited intellectual vision of a typical Soviet official, a satire which was favorably and enthusiastically reviewed by Pravda How did he accomplish such a feat By satirizing even viciously the reactionary opponents of that official, demonstrating how a romantic self conception may distort a person s vision of achievement, until he is filled with nothing but a poisonous, cor [...]

  3. This book made me realize the way that satire, if taken to a linguistic if not necessarily logical extreme, can actually turn inside out and become a form of praise Olesha s narrator keeps talking about how much he hates, but his language is so lively that eventually you come to see him as a creature posessed, not by anger, but by a strange and uncontrollable joy He s a Mozart of hate so excellent at it that the simple practice of his gift makes him smile despite himself The record of his facili [...]

  4. This starts off well Mornings he sings on the toilet.It s an observation made by Nikolai Kavalerov, our narrator, of Andrei Babichev Andrei has managed to play the Soviet game and has done quite well for himself, well enough anyhow to sing on the toilet in the morning It was Nikolai whom Andrei found drunk in the gutter one day and rescued, sort of, taking him into his household and giving him a gopher kind of job But Nikolai will turn ingrate, as anti heroes often do He s spends his time lament [...]

  5. Envy is a social satire, published in 1927, during the early years of the Soviet New Economic Policy, a confusing time when the Communist society adopted some Capitalistic policies The book shows the strengths and flaws of both the new era and the old era The destitute Nikolai Kavalerov is taken in by the successful businessman Andrei Babichev Kavalerov envies the success and respect that Babichev receives, but also feels contempt for him Kavalerov has a poetic soul and wants to have a meaningf [...]

  6. 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 fam [...]

  7. Lately, I have found myself on a bit of a reading jag with the Russian literary novelists who were effectively repressed and, thus, went sadly unread during their lifetimes There is a strange kind of bitter sweetness to the writing as well as power, wit, satire and illumination with a markedly Soviet flare Because Soviet censorship and cultural repression were ultimately death knells to Russian writers, you have to admire their persistance amid the hopelessness of their culture for their publica [...]

  8. Again, another random find while running my finger along bookspines in the public library, I suppose the cover s design made itself familiar to me NYRB.It was a short novel and it had a Russian author, I decided to give it a try.It begins with a blast, as though you have woken up to see the character in question By the end of the first chapter you are introduced to the players Kavalerov, the narrator and Andrei Babichev, the object of disdain.The blurbs put this book in the same category as Nabo [...]

  9. If it were not for the first 50% of this or less being a normal book and an interesting one, too , I would have given this 1 star The first 50% 4 stars, the last 0 to 1 Perhaps I just don t get Russian literature What s wrong with having an actual narrative What s with this need to make everything absurd to get whatever obscure point you re interested in across I didn t get the point, AT ALL There s an obnoxious drunk again Russia, what s with the unlikeable main characters , a fat and loved ma [...]

  10. Envy captures the single greatest hallmark of Russian literature ambiguity It is the same sense of confusion that leaves true lovers of Flannery O Conner saying to themselves I know this was important but why Olesha s novel concerns itself with one of the most important ideas in the newly formed USSR, the New Soviet Man Rejecting the alcoholic, bored, womanizing, unorganized model of a true man that used to be famous, Lenin wanted to glorify the youth, virility, equality, and mechanic devotion o [...]

  11. wow the first couple of pages just blow me away every single sentence is like a gem is it possible that Olesha has sustained this blend of imaginative language, wit and absurdism, and just all round fabulous story telling, throughout the course of the book is that even possible if he has this book is a treasure now, on page 40, i can read no at least for now i think all readers have those books they couldn t put down and all things even sleep must wait and we dwell within the realms of that sto [...]

  12. I love when a book is compared to the writing of Bulgakov and Nabokov I know I m in for a treat when I see that And talk about unreliable narrators The description on the back of the book says it best Nikolai is a loser He s not a very good Communist and seriously, he s a real louse He s taken in by Andrei who is the complete opposite of Nikolai he s successful, a proper Soviet citizen, upstanding Nikolai is consumed by envy of Andrei he does not believe that which Andrei believes, but he can t [...]

  13. For me, this novel really works in tandem with The Three Fat Men Anyone who knows a little about the author will recognize him in Nikolai Kavalerov, the protagonist of the Envy story Just as Yury Olesha himself, Kavalerov feels capable of great deeds and, at the same time, unable to find his place or accomplish anything in the new Soviet Russia These are the sausage makers like Andrey Babichev that the country needs, not poets and philosophers.I ve read Envy right after finishing The Three Fat M [...]

  14. Clever, disgusting, and very avant garde I wasn t quite in the mood for its avant ness at this precise moment in time There is a description of a mole that is possibly unrivalled Tags satire, soccer, Soviets, sausage, communal living, unreliable narration, acrobat legs, magnificent groinsHe s carrying around six poods Recently, walking down the stairs somewhere, he noticed his breasts bouncing in time to his steps So he decided to add a new set of calisthenics.He s stripped to the waist, wearing [...]

  15. A tale of two books interestingly, with the same structure as Master and Margarita , with an absolutely fantastic 5 star first half that gets sucked into a jumble in Part Two The sections have little in common besides character first person vs third modest surreality vs complete absurdity recognizable characters vs dreams , and the allegory at play in the latter part of the book is frustratingly opaque That s not Olesha s fault, of course, given the situation in the 20 s, but it s undeniably fru [...]

  16. I feared for a second that this would end up being another liberal s wet dream of Soviet satire, in which the Great Evil is pilloried by the upstanding individual etc etc But no It s much, much , and everyone comes out looking like a jackass Nikolai is very much in the tradition of Dostoevsky s underground man, whom you might identify as a romantic hero rebelling against the evils of his society etc but who is actually, at best, a symptom of that society and, at worst, or less a prick But that [...]

  17. The whole time I was reading this, I couldn t figure out whose ideological side Olesha was on As it turns out, no one else can either To his credit, I think And the writing is beautiful At least in translation I read this mostly because it influenced Agnes Obel s soon to be released new album.

  18. Startling and HIlarious a sort of parody, it seems to me, of Dostoevsky s underground man, saturated with images and actions dream like and let s just say beautiful than a reader might expect from a novel published in the new Soviet Union, in 1927.

  19. Afgunst geldt als een van de hoogtepunten in de Russische literatuur van de jaren 20, maar ik had er nog nooit van gehoord Het werd echter door Dubravka Ugresic in Europa in sepia onlangs zo aanstekelijk bejubeld dat ik het meteen kocht tweedehands, want het is niet meer in de handel Welnu, Ugresic heeft volgens mij helemaal gelijk Afgunst is inderdaad een geweldige en heerlijk ongrijpbare roman, een even burleske als po tische satire die helemaal doordrenkt is van een ongelofelijk originele po [...]

  20. A minor Russian book Did well to read this though I could have perhaps lived without it.The narrative pits an embittered romantic against an energetic technocrat against his brother against a jock, all of those circling a woman It is clever and effective, but up to a point there are far too many characters in it for a work of this length, so there comes a point at which I as a reader ceased caring So as the preface says it is like Nabokov though not quite.The same goes for the style I read this [...]

  21. This book grew on me, I admit I had problems grasping at least a seed of meaning I was remembering to have heard of it while reading Helmut Schoeck s Envy and was expecting something covering the envy aspect Therefore I was taken completely by surprise by the surrealism and all the socialist communist elements But slowly everything made sens and I started to quite enjoy it It did remind me of Bulgakov but not that much of Nabokov Now, to even begin to understand this book you need to have a seri [...]

  22. No entiendo lo que le pasa a Envidia tiene dos partes y cada parte parece en realidad un libro distinto escrito por un autor distinto No lo entiendo Tiene una primera parte notable y una segunda parte infumable Es la t pica s tira de escritor ruso que consigui marcarle un gol al r gimen y la censura sovi tica Y s , la primera parte es una s tira divertida, ingeniosa y fresca Pero la segunda parte se adentra en meandros on ricos y fantas as surrealistas y se pierde, se pierde No lo entiendo La pr [...]

  23. A very strange book involving a drunkard, an industrial food mogul and a hateful yet poetic schizophrenic hobo Not to mention the probably imaginary automaton dashing around waiting to murder someone The first half of the book is told from the perspective of Kavalerov, a man down on his luck who spends most of his time drinking and yelling at people in bars He is not wholly unintelligent, in fact, his astute observations on the world around him and the people in it are some of the beautiful pas [...]

  24. Yuri Olesha wrote Envy in 1927, at a time when many of his contemporary writers were either shot or trundled off to the Gulag My guess is that the GPU predecessor to the KGB couldn t quite understand Olesha s humor, and I tend to sympathize with them Envy is divided into two parts The first part is fairly straightforward A lowlife drunk named Nikolai Kavalerov is adopted by a party apparatchik by the name of Andrei Babichev We see Babichev as a self important buffoon, who sees his role as creati [...]

  25. One of the strangest books I ve read so far this year Part one reads like Dostoevsky s Notes from Underground but with modernist and sometimes experimental prose In part two the book suddenly goes off the rails and almost delves into the surreal We go from the coldness and industrialisation of early Soviet life in part one to strange magical realism centred around an ambiguous kind of Doomsday device A strange and unique book, check it out if you get the chance.

  26. This little book is growing on me, opening up It started out as an orgy of self humiliation, painfully Gogolesque, painfully Doestoyevskian, that kind of humor but it s developing layers of ideas and richness it s only 125 pages Just finished a passage where a very appealing second character extols the virtues of strong feeling and their vanishing with the modern era and it s not just Communism, it s the loss of humanity and eccentricity and passion Broad strokes and lots of ranting, but to grea [...]

  27. From the brilliant opening sentence to the degrading, yet defining ending scene, Olesha s novel is superb in it s satire and poetry The beartrap of envy once closed, its teeth grinding into you like a pumpkin s smile the mirror of your self importance cracked, spilling drunk blood, watered down and swept away into the gutter above all, your heart dreams riotously murdered red by revolution time s automatic and mechanical bootstep marching over the redacted face of Jesus.Envy this book Envy it fo [...]

  28. Sovyet d zenin metaforunun yans t ld bir kitap olarak ne kan K skan l k ta, kurgu ve insan psikolojisinin ele al n bi imi daha ok ilgimi ekti Yer yer kafam kar t ran b l mler, olaylar kopukla t ran anlat mlar beni biraz yordu Bir de Rus isimleriyle ciddi sorunlar m var Nabakov ve Bulgakov gibi yazarlarla kar la t r lan bir yazar oldu u i in Ole a n n kitab n ok sevmememin nedenini kendi k t anlay ma verip i imi rahatlat yorum.

  29. The book turned out to be rather different from what I remembered I expected Envy to be a disciplined unreliable narrator modernist experiment a la Nabokov, but it s much chaotic, especially in its second part All the contemporary painting styles seem to be evoked by Olesha, whether it would be cubism, constructivism, suprematism or impressionism.

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