In this classic of Russian humor and social commentary, a fired cable fitter goes on a binge and hopes a train to Petushki (where his “most beloved of trollops”. LibraryThing Review. User Review – Natalia_Sh – LibraryThing. It’s late s in Russia. Venya Erofeev is going from Moscow to Petushki by train. It’s not a long. by Sharon MacNett Communist Party censors denied publication of Venedikt Erofeev’s novel Moscow to the End of the Line for its.

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Moscow to the End of the Line

On the way he bestows upon angels, fellow passengers, and the world at large a magnificent monologue on alcohol, politics, society, alcohol, philosophy, the pains of love, and, of course, alcohol. Although written as a desultory first-hand account of the drunken spree of a degenerate alcoholic, Erofeev carefully and deliberately indicts the Soviet system throughout Moscow to the End of the Line. And a lot of alcohol. Get up and go! While on the train, he engages in lengthy monologues about history, philosophy and politics.

I also want to give a shout-out to the fantastic cover art that was chosen, Self Portrait with Demons James Ensor.

Retrieved from ” https: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. She also said the book is one of her favorites. This is a very strange erofeve book, presenting the ramblings of a drunk man who drinks some more while traveling by train from Moscow. The production won Critics Circle and Evening Standard awards, and transferred to New York in where it played at the Union Square Theatrereceiving excellent reviews.


Call it weird and author drunken fool? His degeneration into depravity, excess, and nihilism plots a course flagrantly opposite to the trajectory of self-improvement and advancement familiar within socialist realism.

Mussorsky due to excessive drinking died with most of his musical projects unfinished, the orchestration generally done by other far more restrained hands including Rimsky-Korsakov’s. The Noise of Time Enx Mandel’shtam.

The statue is a quintessential example of socialist realist propaganda, a larger-than-life depiction of the powerful unity of worker and peasant. Unsourced mosvow may be challenged and removed. Stop trying to humiliate us and torment us.

erofee Developed in the s, socialist realism offered an official party framework for the arts. The whole thing is steeped for a week in cigar tobacco and served at table. Trivia About Eroeev to the End Perhaps more tellingly than any other moment in Moscow to the End of the Linethis grim appraisal of his own prospects portrays Venichka as the antithesis of the New Soviet Man.

I mean, fair enough, sitting down to pee, but shooting at Lenin? Novel with Cocaine M. Or shall I blame the book? It seems unnatural, unfair.

Moscow-Petushki – Wikipedia

Oct 17, David rated it it was ok Shelves: I believe it would be a 5-star book when read by an educated person who understands the whole book in Russian. It starts in on page one and pretty much follows on every page: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

This was a fascinating book, published ‘samizdat’ in the s. The Red Laugh Leonid Andreyev. This site uses cookies. It always makes me so sad. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The majority of the story takes place on a train from Moscow to Petushki and involves the various discussions that take place between Venichka and his other travelers.


Venichka spends the novel desperately trying to escape it in favor of erofev utopian Petushki.

Moscow to the End of the Line : Venedikt Erofeev :

Darkness — shorthand for ignorance, moral deficit, backwardness, and lack of culture — had long been ascribed to the peasantry in pre-revolutionary Russia by elites and the intelligentsia. Still drunk, half-conscious and tormented by fantastic visions, he wanders aimlessly the night city streets, happens upon a gang of thugs, and is promptly chased and murdered by them.

Indiana University Press, Everything he had in his delicate beautiful sensitive soul, he expressed in this “poem”, although it’s written as a prose. He laments the empty promises of socialist realism and the untenable futility of daily life in a doomed system. Take the root of that strawberry and press it against the rotten tooth while you frofeev the mole with your other two fingers.