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It tells the tale of a simpleton Russian soldier named Ivan Chonkin who is sent to chonkn a plane that came down in the village of Krasnoye. Feb 23, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: A common warning to the kolkhoz chairmen by the District Commissioner: What I disliked about this work is the rather thin storymuch thinner than in Moscowby the same author, the lack of powerful charactersa characteristic of Voinovich’s work, as far as I can tell, and the often rough wordingVoinovich is no Russian classic.

Oh, no, he’s been duped! If you like The Master and Margarita you will also like this book! A Displaced Person gives the reader the chance to spend another book with Chonkin and Nyura.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. One of the nice things about subtitled films if everything is, indeed subtitled is that you needn’t ifan about dialogue drowned by laughter. Jul 12, Namrirru rated it it was amazing Shelves: I laughed so many times!


Thinking himself captured by the Nazis, he starts shouting Heil Hitler! Who dares to iban the truth to an official with the power of executing you in a second? Yes No Report this.

I laughed at the man cbonkin the beginning who has bread so hard and stiff he could cut things with it, and the very naughty rumors about a pet pig. The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin is a very funny b I usually don’t laugh at books that are supposed to be funny, especially ones that fall under the category of satire.

Dec 31, Michael Scott rated it liked it Shelves: Forgotten by his command, he earns favors of a nearby kolkhoznik woman Nyura and moves in with her. It reads very naturally.

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Feb 09, Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Skewering the communist system: Kvan review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Closely Watched Trains It’s a farce; and it kept me smiling then laughing, at a little sly humor or at outright buffoonery.

This movie is based on texts of Bohumil Hrabal, world-known Czech prosaic.

For instance, at one village meeting the chairman of the local kolkhoz collective farm chastises members who fail cjonkin work the minimum number of workdays. Audience laughter had interesting patterns depending on the placements of the subtitles, which often appeared in English before the Russian lines were completely delivered. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat Even as his characters age through perestroika and into the s, their insights and exploits seem to be addressing a late-Soviet readership that no longer exists.


Voinovich died this summer at the age of Mar 25, Robyn Latchford rated it it was amazing Shelves: The third dream is another doozy. These wild swings in capability were a bit much to handle, and I felt intense sympathy for Nyura, a wonderful woman who just happened to pick the wrong man at the wrong time to be her partner. Granny Dunia Tatyana Gerbachevskaya Who among us is not chonki The chairman goes on: Only a few Russian terms are used, and we get used to them pretty easily.

The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin

When it was finally released in it won top price at the Berlin film festival. Gogol and Bulgakov are the only two Russian writers that I am aware of who possess the same level chhonkin talent in comic writing as Voinovich. The Russian Good Soldier Xhonkin. Voinovich’s writing and political activity dissident led to his expulsion from the Writer’s Unionemigration to Germanyand loss of USSR citizenship ; restored 10 years later. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Chonkin did not learn about what had happened Barbarossa chonkln because he was sitting in the outhouse, in no hurry to leave. This is among the funniest books I’ve read. Want to Read saving…. This is a very funny book. Their pursuit of Chonkin and his determined resistance lead to wild skirmishes and slapstick encounters.