Alicia Chudo, "And Quiet Flows the Vodka: or When Pushkin Comes to Shove: The Curmudgeon's Guide to Russian Literature with the Devil's Dictionary of Received Ideas"
Publisher: Northwestern University Press | ISBN: 0810117886 | edition 2000 | PDF | 256 pages | 1,3 mb
Russian history and literature get a good thrashing from truly grouchy Professor Chudo, assisted by editor Sobesednikov–both of whom are official pseudonyms of Russian Lit maven Gary S. Morson.Steppe by steppe, we learn from this elaborate put-on–and put-down–about the Russian national drink (vodka), national philosophy (vodka), national song (Vodka!), and most recent Five-Year Plan (anti-Semitism). Obscurity becomes lucid and vice versa. Obviously Chudo knows a lot of arcane stuff about the Slavic intelligentsia and does her utmost to protect us from it. From the graves of academe she delivers the ultimate in literary criticism.