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It's me, Eddie: A fictional memoir Hardcover – 1983
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There's a short section early in the book where Limonov accuses his reader of being a slave to work, of having a petty bourgeois mentality, and a pathetic soul. This is capped off by the admonition, "You're ****!" [apologize for amazon's filter] It's hard to disagree, put in those terms. With Eddie as my accuser, I'd confess to anything . . .
Ignore the reviewers who are shocked by Limonov's provocations. What is shocking is not sleeping with a black man on the street, but living a beige life in the face of so much possibility.
For those interested, Limonov's politics also show an early alignment with national bolshevism and a repudiation of anglo liberalism. We see somewhat weaker critiques of the early Bolsheviks, and especially a condemnation of the post-Khrushchev Russian bureaucratic state.
Limonov's prose has a tendency to reach hysterical levels of emotion; whether this is a good or bad mark will probably depend on the reader.
This piece is not for everyone. A lot of profanity, and I must admit to skipping at least one or two pages, as they were a bit to much. Overall, a great read for those who would like to see the world through the eyes of another. The tale is told from one perspective, and an not meant to be a historical account, but is an spot on accurate emotional/psychological account of events. Captivating, brilliant, but quite dark and quite genuine. Hats off to Lemonov...
The acid style is not for the weak of heart, but still worth reading.
A must for everyone who wants to study the immigrant experience in America.