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Galosh and Other Stories, the (2000) [Collection]
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In his prime, satirist Mikhail Zoschenko was more widely read in the Soviet Union than either Pasternak or Solzhenitsyn. His stories give expression to the bewildered experience of the ordinary Soviet citizen struggling to survive in the 1920’s and ‘30s, beset by an acute housing shortage, ubiquitous theft and corruption, and the impenetrable new ideological language of the Soviet state. Written in the semi-educated talk of the man or woman on the street, these stories enshrine one of the greatest achievements of the people of the Soviet Union—their gallows humor.

Housing block tenants who reject electricity because it illuminates their squalor too harshly, a young couple who live in a bathroom, a railway-line manager making a speech against bribery who accidentally mentions his own affinity for kickbacks—in all of Zoschenko’s characters, petty materialism is balanced with a poignant faith in the revolutionary project. Zoschenko, the self-described "temporary substitute for the proletarian writer," combines wicked satire and an earthy empathy with a brilliance that places him squarely in the classic Russian comic tradition.


  • A Thief
  • A Speech About Bribery
  • A Crime Report
  • An Anonymous Friend
  • A Victim of the Revolution
  • Classy Lady
  • Love
  • Host Accountancy
  • A Dogged Sense of Smell
  • A Forgotten Slogan
  • A Bad Habit
  • Electrification
  • Casual Work
  • Domestic Bliss
  • What Generosity
  • Monkey Language
  • Firewood
  • The Actor
  • The Match
  • A Bathhouse
  • Live-bait
  • Passenger
  • Thieves
  • A Glass
  • Crisis
  • Nervous People
  • Connections
  • Economy Measures
  • A Workshop for Health
  • Paris - Paruc
  • The Benefits of Culture
  • Lemonade
  • Hasty Business
  • Guests
  • Quality Merchandise
  • Red Tape
  • Pushkin
  • The Tsar's Boots
  • The Galosh
  • Does a Man Need Much?
  • Fantasy Shirt
  • Hard Labour
  • Green Merchandise
  • A Fight
  • Of Lamp-shades
  • Three Men and a Cat
  • The Cross
  • Rostov
  • No Hanging Matter
  • Sobering Thoughts
  • Foreigners
  • An Unpleasant Story
  • Pawning
  • A Summer Break
  • Loose Packaging
  • A Trap
  • How Much Does a Man Need?
  • An Incident on the Volga
  • Water Sports
  • The Story of an Illness
  • Go On, Sleep!
  • The Pushkin Centenary Celebrations: First Speech About Pushkin
  • The Pushkin Centenary Celebrations: Second Speech About Pushkin
  • In Praise of Transport
  • The Photograph

Original title: The Galosh and Other Stories
Original languages: Russian


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor

The following works are contained within this one:
     Dog Scent (1923) [Short Story]
      Author: Mikhail Zoshchenko
     Aristocrat, the (1923) [Short Story]
      Author: Mikhail Zoshchenko
     Bathhouse, the (1924) [Short Story]
      Author: Mikhail Zoshchenko
     Housing Crisis, a (1925) [Short Story]
      Author: Mikhail Zoshchenko
     Rachis (1926) [Short Story]
      Author: Mikhail Zoshchenko
     Foreigners (1928) [Short Story]
      Author: Mikhail Zoshchenko
     Summer Breather (1929) [Short Story]
      Author: Mikhail Zoshchenko

Edition #1: The Galosh and Other Stories

The Galosh and Other Stories (2000)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Jeremy Hicks
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Galosh and Other Stories, the (August 17, 2006)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Overlook Press
ISBN: 1585676314
Pages: 213

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The Galosh and Other Stories (2000)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Angel Classics
ISBN: 0946162654
Pages: 224

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