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Moscow 2042

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Profile Image for Glenn Russell.
1,377 reviews12k followers
November 29, 2019

Welcome to dystopia, soviet-style. If you like your satire roasted to well-charred black comedy, this novel weighing in at over four hundred pages will be a memorable feast. I laughed so hard reading The Fur Hat, I wanted to laugh even harder – Moscow 2042 gave me the chance. Vladimir Voinovich fans of the world unite; I join your ranks, comrades.

It’s 1982 and we’re in Munich with exiled Russian author Vitaly Kartsev when he learns from a friend Lufthansa Airlines is offering flights back and forth through time. Marvelous. Vitaly tells us he always wondered what his homeland would look like in the future.

He books a three hour flight for Moscow landing in 2042. Any trepidation or anxiety revolving around risks taken in such time travel is completely whisked away when Fräulein Globke down at the travel agency informed him there is absolutely no limit on the amount of drinks a passenger can be served during flight and all drinks are free of charge. Sign me up! Airtight logic - after all, Vitaly Kartsev is both a writer and a Russian and can always use a free-of-charge drink.

No sooner is Vitaly booked for his trip to the future then all sorts of people want in on the action: an American publisher offers three million for his story, a king of an Arab state demands he retrieve secret information, a buddy from the old days now linked in dubious ways to Soviet politics wishes to rekindle friendship, and most significantly, Leo Zilberovich, his literary agent, insists he take the next flight from Munich to Toronto to meet with a former labor camp inmate and a true Russian literary genius complete with impressive beard: Sim Simych Karnavalov.

Voinovich has praised Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in his other writings but in this work the famous Gulag Archipelago author is on the receiving end of repeated jabs from his sharp, lampooning needle. Even the novel’s title, Moscow 2042, can be seen as a takeoff (futuristic sequel, perhaps?) of Solzhenitsyn's August 1914.

After landing in Toronto, driving through a forest and arriving at Simych’s gated estate, Kartsev is in store for all sorts of shenanigans, beginning with being stopped at the entrance by two Cossacks, one white, the other black, both with a walrus moustache and armed with long swords.

Looking closely at the white Cossack, Kartsev recognizes him as none other than his literary agent Leo Zilberovich. Kartsev shouts a hearty hello and asks why the costume. Ignoring the question, the mustachioed guard demands to see identification. Kartsev replies by sticking a middle finger in Leo's face.

Calm down, Vitaly, you will be obliged to deal with absurdities and farces right up until the moment you leave for Munich to board the plane flying you sixty years into the future.

And once in Moscow in the year 2042 - future shock with a vengeance. The novel’s dark humor lies in contrast: Moscowrep, the city’s inner ring, the first true communist republic, is judged by its inhabitants a perfect utopia, a glowing diamond, the pinnacle of all prior human achievement.

However, listening to all their doublespeak and taking in the reality of this sordid, grimy, stinking, suffocating city, our literary narrator quickly detects their utopia is a sham.

Take one instance: Can you imagine having to stand in a long line to turn in your shit to the local authorities so you can get a pass to eat dinner? But this is standard procedure, since, after all, it has to be, for, as they say in the Moscowrep, primary material (food) is secondary material (human excrement). To argue against this practice so continues those same brainwashed natives, smacks of metaphysics, Hegelianism and Kantianism.

Change is desperately needed. More specifically, what is needed is a godlike hero returning to Russia in all his glory riding on a white steed. What is needed is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Woops! Excuse me, I meant to say Sim Simych Karnavalov.

I highly recommend Vladimir Voinovich's comic masterpiece. Russia's future will never be the same again.

Russian author Vladimir Voinovich, Born 1932
Profile Image for Maziyar Yf.
530 reviews279 followers
March 4, 2023
ولادمیر واینوویچ در کتاب مسکو 2042 نگاهی طنز آمیز به شهر مسکو در آینده ای نه چندان نزدیک انداخته . کتاب او که در سال 1986 تقریبا 5 سال قبل از فروپاشی شوروی نوشته شده هم طرز زندگی مردمان در مسکو خیالی را نشان می دهد و هم نحوه اندیشیدن آنها را .
مسکو خیالی آینده دو چهره کاملا متفاوت و متضاد دارد ، شهری آفتابی با شهروندانی خوشحال و زیبا که از محدودیت هایی مانند پول گذر کرده اند و چهره دوم شهر همان سیمای رایج شهرهای کمونیستی یعنی کمبود ، صف و خیابان هایی سرشار از دعوا و درگیری با مردمانی عصبانی ، ناراحت و الکلی ایست . تصویری که گرچه کلی ایست اما سیمای شکست خورده رهبران کرمیلن و ناتوانی مطلق ایدئولوژی آنان در فراهم کردن حداقل امکانات را نشان می دهد .
داستان کتاب پر کشش و جذاب است و افزون بر آنکه نبوغ نویسنده در خلق دنیایی خیالی اما سخت ملموس را نشان می دهد نمایشگر تسلط او بر فرهنگ مردم روسیه و پیش بینی دقیق او از ناکارآمدی سیستم نیز هست . سیستمی که پس از 70 سال همچنان در تامین حداقل امکانات مردم ناتوان مانده است در صورت بقا پس از 60 سال دیگر و در سال 2042 هم همان مشکلات را خواهد داشت .
ایده اصلی واینوویچ را تنها می توان دیوانه وار دانست ، شخصیت اصلی داستان که در حال نوشتن کتابی درباره آینده شوروی ایست در آینده با کتابی که در گذشته نوشته است آشنا شده و از آنچه بر خود ، دوستان و کشورش در 60 سال پیش گذشته با خبر می شود . نویسنده در توصیف سازمان و ارگان های کمونیستی از زبانی گزنده استفاده کرده ، از این رو بیشتر اسامی سازمان ها نامی متضاد با هدف خود دارند . توالت که در کتاب کاواط یعنی کابین واگذاری طبیعی نام دارد در کتاب او نقش مهمی دارد . او در تحقیری آشکار خروجی انسان را محصول ثانویه نام گذاشته و تقریبا تمامی افتصاد کمونیستی ��ا بر پایه همین محصول و تحویل آن بنا کرده . بحث و مجادله کمونیستها هم بیشترمربوط به تقدم محصول اولیه یا محصول ثانویه است . از نگاه آنان اولیه دوم است و ثانویه اول
بخش زیادی از جذابیت کتاب به ترجمه بسیار استادانه زینب یونسی برمی گردد . او همانند کتاب های دیگرش زلیخا چشمهایش را باز می کند و هوانورد ترجمه بسیار زنده و جانداری از کتاب واینوویچ کرده است . مهارت او در برگرداندن طنز و شوخی های نویسنده سخت ستونی ایست .
اما با وجود تمامی جذابیت ها و ایده های شگفت انگیز نویسنده ، کلام نویسنده و طنز او در میانه های کتاب برای خواننده عادی شده و کتاب او تا حد یک داستان ماجراجویی ساده با حادثه هایی تکراری افت می کند . گویا نویسنده به جز پیش بینی دقیق از آینده حرف دیگری نداشته و با افزودن داستان های حاشیه ای ، تنها کتاب را طولانی تر کرده است .
Profile Image for Jan-Maat.
1,565 reviews1,890 followers
November 6, 2018
One of the problems of life is that it is not very inventive. Sometimes life is terribly embarrassed by this and shamelessly borrows from art. I remember being in Russia in the mid 1990s, about the time of the first Chechen war, watching television, which made a change from loosing games of chess to a ten year old with ever decreasing grace. Anyhow on the television there was a broadcast showing an Orthodox priest at a military airbase sprinkling Holy Water on war planes. The odd thing about this was that the airmen drawn up at attention were still wearing the uniforms and insignia of an officially atheist state. Ah, poor life, better luck next time. Voinovich had already imagined a merger between the Communist Party of the USSR and the Orthodox Church in the early 1980s in his novel Moscow 2042.

In that book the author flies into the future to find himself feted and admired as the author of a book that he hasn't written yet. Naturally completely bemused by all the fuss the obvious thing to do was to get hold of the only copy of the book in order to be able to write it. Things are made slightly more complicated because the book is banned - which is why everybody has read it - and kept under lock and key. Then he gets caught up in a coup as an Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn type figure, artificially preserved since the late 20th century, has himself defrosted in order to drag Russia back to the faith based certainties and alleged cultural unity of the 17th century.

Not as funny as the Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin, but that is no faint praise.
Profile Image for Reza Abedini.
142 reviews25 followers
February 13, 2022
یک شاهکار به معنای واقعی کلمه

نویسنده تخیل ، سفر در زمان ، پوزخند به کمونیست و احزاب توده و خیل عظیمی از شخصیت ها رو جوری با هم ترکیب کرده بود که به تمام موارد می شد نمره 10/10 داد.

اگر فکر کردید آینده کشور کمونیستی و شعار محور سرشار از فناوری های پیشرفته و توسعه علم و ماشین های پرنده ست باید بگم سخت در اشتباهید.
نویسنده به شکلی هنرمندانه و بشدت جذاب روند دو انقلاب رو شرح میده . بواسطه سفر در زمان شاهد تغییر و دورویی و رفتار لجن مانند احزاب هست و این حس آشنای پس از انقلاب رو برای مخاطب به تصویر میکشه.

جامعه ای که نویسنده در آینده ای که بهش سفر کرده ، به تصویر میکشه حتی توان استخراج یک متن از یک فلاپی را ندارند.

از متن:
" همین دیروز مردم کمونیسم را می پرستیدند ، سوگند وفاداری به ژیناسیموس ورد زبانشان بود ، برای هر کلمه اش به به و چه چه راه می انداختند و امروز ... مجسمه هایش را پایین می کشند، عکس هایش را می سوزانند"

نویسنده به قدری روی روند داستان مسلطه که حتی ترکیب رویا و حال و آینده و داستان و واقعیت به هبچ وجه خواننده رو آزار نمیده ، بلکه بیشتر محو داستانش میکنه

و طبق معمول مثل تمام کتاب هایی که در سبک دیستوپیا (پادآرمانشهر) نوشته میشه پر بود از صحنه های آشنا برای منِ ساکنِ بهشتِ خاورمیانه.

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160 reviews29 followers
June 7, 2022
نقضیه ای شاد بر 1984 جورج اورول
دوست داشتنی بود و خیلی روون و خوب ترجمه شده بود
اگر که 1984 رو خوندین و موقع خوندنش لذت بردین شک نکنین با خوندن این کتابم همین اتفاق میوفته
همیشه این داستان سفر در زمان چیز قابل توجهی بوده برای من مخاطب
اینکه داخل یه زمانی میشی که ممکنه فرهنگ و صحبت کردن و کل چیزای دیگ فرق کرده باشه و این تفاوت خیلی جذاب میکنه قضیه رو.
Profile Image for Eshraq.
151 reviews20 followers
June 10, 2022
فقط کاش زندگی آسان‌تر شود. بله آقایان، همین و بس!

چه ترجمه‌ای، واقعا دلم میخواد برم شخصا از زینب یونسی بخاطر این ترجمه زیبا و روان تشکر کنم.

و چه داستانی، انگار که واقعا نویسنده کتاب رو قبل از نوشتن خوانده.

کاش یک کله سیاه خاورمیا��ه‌ای نبودم و انقدر بخش‌هایی از این پادآرمان‌شهر برام ملموس و دردناک نبود.
Profile Image for Natalie Bylewskaya.
25 reviews2 followers
April 21, 2014
"И вообще, что такое народ? И есть ли вообще разница между народом, населением, обществом, толпой, нацией или массами? И как назвать миллионы людей, которые восторженно бегут за своими сумасшедшими вождями, неся их бесчисленные портреты и скандируя их безумные лозунги? Если ты хочешь сказать, что самое лучшее, что есть среди этих миллионов, это и есть народ, то тогда ты должен признать, что народ состоит всего из нескольких человек. Но если народ--это большинство, то я тебе должен сказать, что народ глупее одного человека. Увлечь одного человека идиотской идеей намного труднее, чем весь народ". Москва 2042.
Актуально сейчас, как никогда.
Profile Image for Anna.
1,737 reviews674 followers
October 2, 2019
I came across ‘Moscow 2042’ in a charity shop and was intrigued by the idea of a USSR satire written and published only a couple of years before the USSR collapsed. However, I forgot that as someone who has only read a couple of books about that period, a lot of the subtleties would sail right over my head. It happened with The Slynx, with Happy Moscow, and lo, it has happened again. The translation is very readable, but I suspect there was a lot of wordplay that simply didn’t work so well in English. Nonetheless I enjoyed the fantastical plot, which was what intrigued me in the first place. The narrator, Kartsev, is a Russian writer in exile. In 1982 he takes the opportunity to time-travel to 2042, where supposedly genuine communism has been implemented within Moscow.

The book is divided into seven parts, each with many short chapters, but while reading I felt there were really three elements to it. First, the protagonist’s surroundings, friends, and antagonistic acquaintances are established. This went on for longer than I’d expected. Then he is sent to future Moscow and tours the place, learning its quirks. This central part reads much like Erewhon or a similar, in which a man observes the ways that a strange new place throws light upon his familiar milieu. Although it became somewhat formulaic as it stretched on, this part was quite fun in its generalised mockery of Soviet bureaucracy. One detail Voinovich predicted was that the KGB would take over the Soviet government, except they’d actually be the CIA. Meanwhile back in the US, the KGB would take over the CIA. Some contemporary echoes to be found there. In the final part of the book, it becomes structurally weirder and thus more distinctive. Going beyond political satire, it attempts comment on the roles of satire and fiction themselves.

Kartsev isn’t a particularly appealing protagonist, as he’s usually drunk, hitting on women, and jealous of more successful peers. However his relative self-awareness makes him a decent narrator of future-Moscow’s more bizarre elements. I don’t think I learned much about the USSR shortly before its collapse from this novel, but it was an amusing read with occasional moments of profundity. The most memorable of the latter was this:

It is much more difficult to convince one individual of an idiotic idea than an entire people.
Profile Image for Roberta.
1,767 reviews293 followers
February 18, 2019
Appena finito e dentro di me sto facendo coreografie da ragazza pon pon. Questo romanzo è un capolavoro di satira politica e umana. Vladimir Karcev, il protagonista, è un pusillanime a cui viene offerta una grande opportunità: viaggiare nel futuro, visitare la Mosca di sessant'anni avanti, fare da testimone all'evoluzione del comunismo. Solo che il regime in cui si trova catapultato è semplicemente assurdo, una propaganda continua fine a sè stessa che, per capirci, potrebbe ricordare la Corea del Nord e il suo grande leader. Il grande leader, il Generalissimus, è stato sublimato a semi-dio. Poteri zero, propaganda 100. Mi è piaciuto particolarmente la ristrutturazione del linguaggio, con i mille apparati statali dagli acronimi assurdi e quasi impronunciabili. La scala dei bisogni è un'aberrazione della piramide di Maslow , l'apparato statale un Argo dai 100 occhi che scruta ogni foglia, ma non vede il bosco. La contropropaganda americana si fa a colpi di telefilm e pubblicità di McDonald. Tutti tradiscono tutti e quindi tutto rimane invariato. La rivoluzione, guidata da un assurdo mistico conservatosi in Svizzera per sessant'anni, è un piccolo capolavoro in sè, un magnifico esempio di finale circolare
The more things change, the more they stay the same, dicono gli inglesi.
Parlando appunto di Sim Simyč: il capitolo iniziale a lui dedicato è stato l'unico che mi abbia annoiato. Anzi no, mi ha irritato. Non è la prima volta che incrocio personaggi come lui, il primo che mi è venuto in mente è stato il Foma Fomič di Il villaggio di Stepancikovo e i suoi abitanti. Come "semplice" scrittore, barbuto ed esiliato perché contrario al regime, mi ha fatto pensare a Solženicyn. Probabilmente anche perché la descrizione della nuova Unione Sovietica comprende una Prima Cerchia che ricorda nel nome Il primo cerchio, titolo che a sua volta rimanda all'inferno dantesco. Voinovich è un grande nell'ammiccare al passato e nel deridere il futuro per criticare aspramente il presente.

Il romanzo fu pubblicato nel 1987. Il muro di Berlino e l'Unione Sovietica caddero nel 1991. Voinovich è morto nel 2018. Non avete idea di quanto vorrei potermi sedere a un tavolo con lui e sentirlo parlare di quegli ultimi 30 anni e di come il suo Karcev avrebbe potuto affrontare cotanto cambiamento.
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216 reviews112 followers
September 4, 2015
Moscow 2042 is a perfect example of dystopia, which is not another metaphor of pubescence and funny and scary instead. The book is written in 1986. Future of Russia is depicted like that in it:
- the Moscow country is ruled by Genialissimo (who is Church patriarch at the same time), former KGB general who managed to accumulate all powers by the party named Communist party of State Security-basically a group of former officials, kgb members and priests.
- Genialissimo in reality has no power, the country is ruled by August (!!!) committee where Father Zvezdoniy, General of religious service plays important role.
- Whole other country is separated from Moscow and works on it
- Needs of people are decided by the Genialissimo and his comrades, majority of people have ordinary needs in this system, some have extraordinary, members of the party mainly, Those with ordinary needs are eating shit or starving.
- One day the Slavophile Sim Karnavalov enters Moscow on a white horse and proclaims himself Tsar Serafim the First. Now we are studying religious instruction instead of science, men are obliged to wear long beards, flogging is on. One dictatorship rule changes to another and it goes on.
Dystopian satire I would call it, yes, needless to say - hilarious satire, but even for satire the book was terribly prophetic.
And nice work, Richard, with the translation!
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62 reviews15 followers
March 11, 2022
خب ببینید قبل از هر چیزی میخوام به بهترین بخش این کتاب بپردازم: ترجمه. واقعا لذتبخش بود و کلی خوشحال شدم که یه مترجم خیلی خوب توی آثار روسی پیدا کردم و امیدوارم تند تند کتابای بیشتری ترجمه کنن خانوم یونسی.

یه چیزی که خیلی تو طول خوندن کتاب به ذهنم میومد این بود که ولادیمیر واینوویچ چرا انقد کتاباشو کش میده؟
من دقیق این مشکل رو با کتاب شوروی ضد شوروی هم داشتم. متوجه این هستم که داستانه و جا داره که هر چقد دلش میخواد کش بده ولی وقتی حرف جدید و خاصی نداری بهتره که یکم زودتر جمع و جورش کنی، البته، مشخصا، به نظر من.
من این کتاب رو پسندیدم واقعا، اینطور نیست که بگم نه، ارزششو نداره و نرید سمتش ولی این رو هم میگم که اگه کتابای زیادی تو لیستتون دارید این رو توی ادامه‌ی لیستتون بذارید و خیلی عجله‌ای واسه خوندنش نیست. من واقعا به چشم یه سرگرمی و زنگ تفریح نگاه میکنم به این کتاب، و بعد از خوندن جنایت و مکافات خوندن این کتاب یه استراحتی به مغزم داد. پس اگه دنبال یکم فان و استراحت هستید گزینه‌ی خیلی خوبیه و از دستش ندید.
در کل حالا اگه بخوام در مورد خود داستان و اتفاق‌هاش حرف بزنم به طور خلاصه ماجرا این بود که شخصیت راوی کتاب به یه سفر به آینده‌ی شوروی میره و با اتفاقای این سفر، این کتاب پیش می‌ره. یکم پیچیدگی‌های زمانی هم توش ایجاد میشه که باحال بود به نظرم.
چند‌تا جمله‌ی خوب هم از کتاب که تو ذهنمه اینجا می‌نویسم:
«نکته‌ی جالب جامعه‌ی ما این است که همه همه‌چیز را می‌دانند، ولی وانمود می‌کنند نمی‌دانند.»
«حالا که آدم‌ها در زندگی برابر نیستند، دست‌کم باید در مرگ برابر باشند.»
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73 reviews9 followers
July 27, 2022
«چه بگویم؟ من که شخصاً مخالفتی با این‌گونه گردش روزگار ندارم. امیدوارم واقعیت آینده به نوشته‌‌های من شبیه نباشد. هرچند شهرتم به عنوان کسی که همیشه راست می‌گوید تا حدودی لطمه می‌بیند، ولی من از پیش آماده‌ام تا پیهِ این سوءشهرت را به تنم بمالم. نام و اعتبار به درک، فقط کاش زندگی آسان‌تر شود.
بله آقایان، همین و بس!»

ویتالی کارتسف، نویسنده‌ی تبعیدی از حکومت شوروی و ساکن آلمان، در سال ۱۹۸۲ وقتی سرگرم کار نویسندگی منتقدانه‌ی خود از نظام کمونیستی است پیشنهادی شگفت‌آور دریافت می‌کند: سفر به مسکوی سال ۲۰۴۲.
اما کار زمانی جالب می‌شود که می‌فهمد نه‌تنها نظام کمونیستی در آینده از بین نرفته بلکه این‌دفعه پرقدرت‌تر از پیش تحت انقلابی دیگر به‌صورت یک آرمان‌شهر وفادار به کمونیسم ناب در  شهر مسکو پیاده شده است!

واینوویچ مثل تجربه‌ی کتاب قبلی‌اش –کلاه‌پوستی– همان‌طور که انتظار داشتم اما این‌بار با بسط‌دادن‌ و ریزه‌کاری‌های فراوان‌تر و خنده‌دارتر  این سفر به آینده را دستمایه‌ای برای تمسخر پوچی و عبث بودن سیستم حاکم بر جامعه‌ی کمونیستی (حتی در آرمانی‌ترین حالتش) وَ بی‌هویتی و سردرگمی موجود در روابط با سازمان‌ها، انسان‌ها و حتی اشیا کرده.

داستانی که خلق شده برای تشریح ساز و کار یک ایدئولوژی که پایه‌ای بر زمینِ واقعیت ندارد، رویایی را به‌دست گرفته و با آن حقایق را می‌سازد (همچون تمِ پرتکرار کتاب مبنی بر تقدم یا تأخر امور اولیه/ثانویه) نمونه‌ی سیاهِ تعدیل‌شده با طنز هنرمندانه‌ای‌ست؛ همراه با پایانی غمناک که نشان از حیرانی نسل‌ها و تیرگی سرنوشت یک ملت دارد. وقتی مدام از چاهی به چاه دیگر می‌افتند.
شاید اگر شهروند امروز ایران نبودم از سر آرامش می‌شد با صدها موقعیت و دیالوگ ابزورد کتاب قهقهه زد اما خیلی وقت‌ها تخیلات شاهکار کتاب همان واقعیت تلخی بود که در آن زندگی می‌کنیم.

با کمک ترجمه‌ای بسیار روان و عالی باید گفت کتاب به‌قدری خوش‌خوان است که می‌توان بدون احساس خستگی یک نفس تمامش کرد. با تجربه‌ای توأم از لذت و درس‌گرفتن!
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223 reviews80 followers
May 13, 2016
But if the people are the majority, then I should tell you that the people are stupidier than any one person. It's much more difficult to convince one individual of an idiotic idea than an entire people. ~ Lyoshka Bukashev, the Genialissimo

Human nature is so low! ~ Vitaly Kartsev

Both quotes are from Vladimir Voinovich's novel Moscow 2042, and though not funny and quite true about the human condition the novel is a whirlwind of humor. The novel is political and human satire. Voinovich wrote in the Afterword of the edition I own, Harvest 1990, that 'In essence Moscow 2042 is about the consequences of perestroika, though I started writing it long before that term was first used to describe the process.'

The narrator of the novel is Vitaly Kartsev who is a Russian writer whom years before defected to the West. To jazz up his life he decides to take a trip to the future which a German travel agency provides. Out of curiosity to see how the land of his birth has evolved in the future he goes to Moscow and lands there 60 years hence from his current time in the 1980s. What he finds is dystopian devolution.

The trip and Kartsev's observations are terribly humorous in a wry sort of way. Moscow in the year 2042 has become a hybrid decrepit form of communism with a mix of Leninism and a pseudo form of Russian Orthodox Christianity. Nothing is really functioming on a sane or efficient level, but people pretend that things are fine, especially the leadership. Language has been turned on its' head or diluted. The god of the society is the Genialissimo who never comes out in public because he lives in seclusion in outer space. There is no growth and life has little meaning. Existence has stagnated to meaninglessness and triviality.

Moscow 2042 has an array of interesting characters. My two favorite are the narrator and Sim Simych Karnavalov.

I highly recommend this novel for anyone who loves humor, history (particularly 20th century Russian history) or political satire.
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10 reviews6 followers
January 8, 2023
داستان کتاب محشر بود
ترجمه بی نقص و عالی
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492 reviews195 followers
August 22, 2018
There are a couple things to keep in mind while reading this book:

1. The author was exiled from the Soviet Union for his writing just a couple years prior and is REAL salty about the Soviet Union
2. The book was written in the early 80s, when it looked like the Soviet Union might still keep going
3. There was no hint of cell phones in our future

If you keep those things in mind, this book is a highly enjoyable, extremely smart, jaundiced, satirical, and sarcastic look at what end-state communism could look like. It's about 100 pages too long, but I don't hold that against it. Some of the things the author makes up are simply hilarious and amazing.
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36 reviews7 followers
August 30, 2018
Dissacrante, ironico, inaspettato e grottesco. Tutto questo in un lavoro distopico che definisce un modo “alla russa” di parlare del futuro più oscuro. Per quando possa risultare troppo dispersivo in alcuni passaggi (che in realtà risultano rilevanti a giochi fatti) si tratta comunque di un ottimo libro. Consigliato agli amanti del genere e a coloro che apprezzano i racconti sulla Russia, raccontata nel bene e nel male
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710 reviews41 followers
April 23, 2014
The book is fantastic. Really caused a lot of public disturbance by not being able to not laugh loudly when reading it. I guess I found my favorite Russian writer considering that this book seemed perfect and isn't even his most popular work.

Written shortly before the fall of the USSR this book is a satire talking about the narrator (based on the author) going on a time machine trip to Moscow of 2042 to see what the future brings it and the communism. It is hilarious and does a great job to parody the old Soviet life.

But the book is still not dated. Reading it pretty much in between of the book's present (1982) and future (2042) it is pretty fun to compare it to the present and how many "predictions" Voinovich did. Sure, he had no idea about what will happen 30 years later and how one looks at it from the present life doesn't correspond with the ideas of the author. But if such a book still feels relevant so many years after it was written it has to be good.
3 reviews
January 14, 2014
Автор действительно провидец - предсказал и гэбиста-гениалиссимуса, и государственных попов... А ведь только тридцать лет прошло из шестидесяти!
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373 reviews28 followers
October 21, 2016
In se sarebbe anche un bel libro, se uno non avesse letto Propaganda Monumentale dello stesso autore che è almeno 2 Gradini superiori.
Occorre riconoscere comunque all'autore una capacità di "divinazione " sull'animo russo, avendogli fatto prevedere un Leader della immaginaria Mosca del 2042 esponente del KGB già nell'arcaico 1986
Come tutti i grandi scrittori russi non si può certo dire che sprizzi amore per il suo popolo... e, personalmente, soprattutto per Solgenitsin
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730 reviews456 followers
January 27, 2009
A damn funny Satire of late Soviet Russian ineptitude. Think Jaroslav Hasek meets 1984. The story takes its dear time getting started. But once you reach the year 2042, it just explodes with madness. Voinovich has a bone to pick with everyone. He could almost make a living out of ridiculing Solzhenitsyn alone.
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Author 4 books17 followers
August 25, 2018
The book is a sarcastic comedy, a dark one (at least for the Russians), because it predicted the worst scenario for Moscow, and the prediction has already proven to be amazingly correct. The book pictures the soon-to-be life of the Moscow state, in all details of its crazy, tzar-worshipping, self-disparaging, Orthodox mentality. The author's vision of it is so clear that some Russians suggest that the enemy governments (which are, of course, everywhere beyond the borders of Russia) must have been using Voynovich's book as a guide to build their anti-Russia policy in their real world policies.
In my opition, Moscow 2042 is the author's major accomplishment both, artistically and thoughtfully. A Russian himself (but luckily immune to traditional Russian self-centeredness), Vladimir Voynovich realized the absurdity of the Russian worldview so well that it helped him draw a masterful copy of Russian life with the brilliance of a talented expressionist and the wisdom of a scrupulous, thoughtful observer. Moscow 2042 is a fantasy, but it is so realistic that everyone who has lived within the borders of the former Soviet Union can immediately picture every little scene from the book in all uniqueness of its coloring. This is why so many readers call the novel a brilliant prediction clothed in an artistic form. I would strongly recommend the book to everyone interested in Russian culture, especially to the non-Russian authors who try writing about Russian life.
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Author 7 books102 followers
September 6, 2015
Това е невероятна сатира писана от съветски автор в годините на Перестройката. Накратко, авторът, виден дисидент и изгонен в ФГР получава възможност с машината на времето, да прелети до Моска 2042. Там го посреща победилия комунизъм и започват невероятните истории.
Авторът се бъзика с писателския съюз, с Академията на науките и с целия комунистически строй.
Не знам доколко биха разбрали хумора хора не живяли през соца и неработили в държавни структури.
Хилил съм се на глас, защото автора много остро критикува всичко.
Особено се хили на Отдел 'Безхартиена литература". където творели младите автори, за които е било по-важно да пишат, а не толкова дали то става за нещо.
Силно я препоръчвам, особено ако сте чели Москва Петушки.
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94 reviews2 followers
February 16, 2022
با این دیستوپیا، گاهی می‌خندید، گاهی شوکه می‌شید و حتی گاهی بغض می‌کنید.
واینوویچ به معنای واقعی در سال ۱۹۸۶ چند سال قبل از فروپاشی شوروی و سلسله انقلاب‌ها شاهکاری شاید در حد و اندازه ۱۹۸۴ اورول خلق و با دقتی نزدیک آینده رو پیش‌بینی‌کرد.
با استفاده از زبان طنز و کنایه و در قالب سفر به آینده این داستان خواندنی‌تر هم شده.
با جملاتی در هر خط از کتاب مواجه می‌شید که شاید بهش قبل از این فکر یا حتی اونو زندگی کرده‌باشین!
خلاصه از متن کتاب:
"‏"نکته جالب جامعه ما این است که همه، همه چیز را می‌دانند، ولی وانمود می‌کنند که نمی‌دانند"
" انسان‌های زیادی با کمونیسم مبارزه کردند، هزینه‌های زیادی هم دادند اما چه فایده؟ هیچکس این نکته را درک نکرد که برای ویران کردن کمونیسم، اول باید آن را بنا کنی"
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995 reviews109 followers
August 12, 2013
місцями дуже й дуже непогано:
- "гегельянство, кантіанство і метафізика" - лайка на всі часи, треба буде взяти на озброєння;
- ненав'язливі, добре вписані в сюжет філософські роздуми про первинне і вторинне, від "кто сдает продукт вторичный, той снабжается отлично" до міркувань, що кого наслідує: творчість життя чи навпаки;
- ідея, що утопію можна зруйнувати, тільки збудувавши її.
якби він ще трошечки менше блазнював, було б зовсім хороше.
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13 reviews5 followers
February 12, 2013
Блеклая, пытающаяся выкрутиться только в последней трети фантазия, рассказанная с самой бесячей из возможных интонацией «дурачка». Роскомлитхоз, страслый и ужаслый.
70 reviews
January 8, 2022
"Народът е по-глупав от отделният човек. Да увлечеш един отделен човек с някаква идиотска идея е много по-трудно,отколкото целия народ"
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