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Nervous People and Other Satires (1963) [Collection]
by Mikhail Zoshchenko Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Typical targets of Zoshchenko's satire are the Soviet bureaucracy, crowded conditions in communal apartments, marital infidelities and the rapid turnover in marriage partners, and "the petty-bourgeois mode of life, with its adulterous episodes, lying, and similar nonsense." His devices are farcical complications, satiric understatement, humorous anachronisms, and an ironic contrast between high-flown sentiments and the down-to-earth reality of mercenary instincts.

Zoshchenko's sharp and original satire offers a marvelous window on Russian life in the 20s and 30s.


  • What the Nightingale Sang
  • The Lilacs Are Blooming
  • Michel Sinyagin
  • Nervous People
  • The Lady Aristocrat
  • The Bathhouse
  • Dog Scent
  • The Crisis
  • Poverty
  • Patients
  • Lyalka Fifty
  • Pelageya
  • Lucky
  • Summer Breather
  • The Merry Go-Round
  • The Watchman
  • The Czar's Boots
  • The Quality of Production
  • A Clever Little Trick
  • The Bottle
  • The Nursemaid
  • Don't Speculate
  • The Affidavit
  • Weak Packaging
  • The Story of a Man Who Was Purged from the Party
  • Incident on the Volga
  • Baths and People
  • A Forge of Health
  • A Tragicomedy
  • An Amusing Adventure
  • A Water Ballet
  • Much Ado about Nothing
  • A True Incident
  • The Galosh
  • A Heart of Stone
  • More on the Anti-Noise Campaign
  • The Dictaphone
  • The History of an Illness
  • Big-City Lights
  • Clouds
  • The Pushkin Centennial
  • The Canvas Brief Case
  • The Funeral Feast
  • Rosa-Maria
  • A Jolly Game
  • A Final Unpleasantness
  • Bees and People
  • The Buoy
  • The Adventures of a Monkey
  • An Extraordinary Incident
  • Before Sunrise (autobiography excerpt)

Original title: Nervous People and Other Satires
Original languages: Russian


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire

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

Edition #1: Nervous People and Other Satires

Nervous People and Other Satires (1963)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Maria Gordon Hugh McLean
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Manifested in:

Nervous People and Other Satires (1975)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253201926
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 x 1.2
Pages: 480

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