The Fur Hat

The Fur Hat

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In this wildly imaginative satire of Soviet life, an insecure but much-published adventure novelist, Yefim Rakhlin, learns that the Writers' Union is giving out fur hats to its members according to their importance—reindeer fawn for a foremost writer, muskrat for a leading writer, marmot for an outstanding writer, and so on down the line. Desperate to know where he stands in the literary hierarchy, Yefim rushes to the Union director's office where he learns the grim truth: fluffy tomcat. Fluffy tomcat? But Yefim's been in the Union eighteen years, he writes books about decent and fearless people, he creates no problems with Soviet censors, editors, or reviewers, he's a veteran, and he has medals. Where's the justice of it all? In his search for recourse, Yefim goes from embarrassment to scandal and ends up lionized by the foreign press a great dissident hero.

As the New Leader said, The Fur Hat further confirms Voinovich's reputation as a "writer of considerable gifts. His flair for ironic dialogue is as clear as his knack for swift, accurate characterization. He possesses as well the social satirist's talent for choosing the absurd situation and then cleverly exploiting it, for making us feel that we are visitors in a land of strange, wildly comic customs."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156340304
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/28/1991
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 734,846
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Vladimir Voinovich, exiled from the Soviet Union in 1980 and offered a return of citizenship ten years later in the era of glasnost, is the acclaimed author of The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin and The Ivankiad. He lives in Munich, Germany.

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Fur Hat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
pgmcc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Fur Hat" is a fine blend of Russian humour, exposé and tragedy. Written by a Russian, presumably for Russians, it gives an insight into the daily life of the individual with a non-perfect, from the establishment's point of view, background, living under the Soviet system. It also highlights the social inequalities present in Russia of the time, and how snobbery survived within the Soviet system, and how it used the language of the system to promote elitism and favouritism despite the inherent hatred of such practices in communist theory.Not being a Russian I am sure I missed much of the humour and satire, but I understood enough of it to ensure I will continue reading the works of Vladimir Voinovich.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago