Galosh and Other Stories

Overlook Press

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Sixty-five luminous satirical tales, from a writer who recorded, with unfailing style and wit, an era's troubles and a people's voice. (Los Angeles Times)

In his prime, satirist Mikhail Zoshchenko was more widely read in the Soviet Union than either Pasternak or Solzhenitsyn. His stories give expression to the experience of the ordinary Soviet citizen struggling to survive in the 1920s and '30s, beset by an acute housing shortage, ubiquitous theft and corruption, and the impenetrable new language of the Soviet state. Written in the semi-educated talk of the man or woman on the street, these stories enshrine one of the greatest achievements of the people of the Soviet Union-their gallows humor. In The Galosh, Zoshchenko, the self-described temporary substitute for the proletarian writer, combines wicked satire with an earthy empathy and a brilliance that places him squarely in the classic Russian comic tradition.

Translated from the Russian by Jeremy Hicks.


Mikhail Zoshchenko (1895-1958) was born in Poltava, but lived nearly all of his life in St. Petersburg, Russia. He published his first collection of stories in 1921 and was greeted with enormous popular success. He worked as a writer and translator of fiction, essays, screenplays, and drama until his death.

Pub Date: 2006
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208 
Size: 5.50 x 8.25 inches

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