|Envy (1927) [Novel]|
by Yuri Olesha
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(From the publisher):
Andrei is a model Soviet citizen, a swaggeringly self-satisfied mogul of the food industry who intends to revolutionize modern life with mass-produced sausage. Nikolai is a loser. Finding him drunk in the gutter, Andrei gives him a bed for the night and a job as a gofer. Nikolai takes what he can, but that doesn't mean he's grateful. Griping, sulking, grovelingly abject, he despises everything Andrei believes in, even if he envies him his every breath.
Original title: Зависть [Zavist]
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics