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Olesha's Envy is a brilliant and unusual Russian novel. The other reviews give a pretty good idea of its bizarre flavor, but the translations are all flavored rather differently. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David Auerbach
To understand this novel, it is necessary to have some knowledge of history. It was written in 1927 in the Soviet Union, at a time when much of the violence and upheaval of the... Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by Charles Ashbacher
A contemporary and associate of Bulgakov. Isaac Babel, Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov, Yuri Olesha wrote "Envy" in 1927. Read morePublished on May 13, 2008 by Diego Banducci
Lately, I have found myself on a bit of a reading jag with the Russian literary novelists who were effectively repressed and, thus, went sadly unread during their lifetimes. Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by Wordsworth
Olesha is on par with Gogol, Dostoevsky, Voinovitch or Bulgakov, but he never gets treated that way. The first part of this is brilliant. Read morePublished on February 19, 2004 by S. Denham
I love this book. Olesha is a masterful artist and his descriptions of the world are strange and wonderful. He is my favorite Russian author save Gogol.Published on October 12, 2001
This book is magical! (Wink, Wink) You start off reading from the first person perspective; but before you realize it, you are reading from a third person point of view. Read morePublished on May 10, 2001 by Amazon Customer