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Fiction. "KANGAROO is a singular of the main devastating, the main terrifying hilarity. It belongs within the style of satire; even though, its web impact is neither revulsion on the method nor comedian reduction, yet natural metaphysical terror. This impression has much less to do with the author's particularly apocalyptical worldview as such than with the standard of his ear. Aleshkovsky, whose attractiveness in Russia as a songwriter is intensely excessive (in truth, a few of his songs are a part of nationwide folklore), hears the language like a prodigy. The hero of KANGAROO is a pickpocket whose occupation spans the total background of Soviet Russia, and the radical is an epic yarn spun out within the foulest of language, for which both 'slang' of 'argot' fails as definition' (Joseph Brodsky). "The attractive impression of a CANDIDE, a SCHWEIK, a 1984. .. Alehkovsky's distinct energy is that he has a devastating humorousness. .. right here, for the 1st time i do know of, a Russian has stripped away the sonorities of Soviet historical past to focus on its absurdity from a normal, human aspect of view" (New York Times). 5/18/99
One morning in 1949, Fan Fanych, alias Etcetera, is summoned from his Moscow condominium to KGB headquarters, the place he's expert that he'll be charged with against the law extra heinous than any mere guy may well ever devise. Comrade Etcetera should be attempted for "the vicious rape and homicide of an elderly kangaroo within the Moscow Zoo on an evening among July 14, 1789, and January nine, 1905. "
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Kangaroo is a savage, detoxing satire within which Yuz Aleshkovsky confronts the hypocrisy, the cruelty, and the tragic failure of the Soviet regime. His phantasmagoria is trustworthy to fact, for--as Dostoevsky knew--it is very unlikely for "realism" to painting a society whose corruption is actually fantastic.
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Can I rely on my personal feelings in such an important case? . I trust the court completely. As you decide, so be it! The language itself breaks down when Marta says she will tell the truth, that the Baron is himself: MARTA. Ja skazhu pravdu! RAMKOPF. Togda my i vas privlechem k otvetstvennosti kak lzhesvidetelja! BARONESSA. Uspokojsja, Genrix! Esli chelovek xochet skazat' pravdu, on imeet na eto pravo. Mne by tol'ko xotelos' znat', kakuju pravdu vy imeete v vidu? MARTA. Pravda odna. BARONESSA.
NU vot chto: navernoe my tut vse byli v chem-to nepravy BURGOMISTR. Gospoda! Resheniem gannoverskogo suda, v svjazi s .. uspeshnym zaversheniem eksperimenta . . GERCOG. Raz chto tak vse slozhilos', tak pust' vse idet, kak idet. BURGOMISTR. Prikazano, vysochajshim poveleniem prikazano schitat' podsudimogo baronom Mjunxgauzenom. DUKE. Well here, then: probably we've all been somehow wrong . . BURGOMASTER. Ladies and gentlemen! By decision of the court of Hannover, in connection with the successful completion of the experiment.
Of course, it is possible to find pleasure in revenge and comfort in mischievousness. We can see all that on the screen in abundance. But there is no pain, shame, remorse: "tears that are not seen to the world," said Hegel. And there can be no true satire without these. But there is "eksposing" art, so named mockingly by Dostoevsky. Soviet film satire yesterday and today 19 I don't know what others think, but I don't feel any delight when I see characters in films dancing on Brezhnev's portrait or a naked girl appearing next to Stalin's face.