I was scanning my shelves for books set in Eastern Europe and found this gem by a Moldovan author and set in Moldova It s after the dissolution of the USSR and the people in a town feel ike the only way to move forward is to get to Italy but without money or opportunities it s easier said than done Lots of funny moments surprising darkness and a new Crusade for modern timesThe humor is pretty slapstick in a situation that s already funny for satirical reasons so it may not be everyone s taste especially since some of the punchlines involve domestic abuse and well murder You get used to itHere s a tiny example of the humorHe ran unabashedly ike a woman who s not embarrassed to show a strange man her underarm I think I got a copy of this back when New Vessel Press was first promoting their books and I m not sure if they gave this to me or if I bought it but just in case they may have sent it to me Obviously I didn t read it when it came out since that was 2014 and my opinions are as ever my own I do think someone there has a sense of humor because I remember another funny novel from them Some Day Having spent years reading novels from Russia and Eastern Europe I ve Drink This In: Uncorking the World of Alcohol (US English) learned there is an odd almost bi polarens people from this part of the world HAMSTERS! A Fabulous Anthology (for Fabulous Raye) look at their own cultures through In Mikl s B nffy s novel They Were Counted we get a picture of Hungarians who though fiercely proud of their heritage are so caught up in pettiness corruption and tearing each other down that it s a wonder anything ever got done and in fact nothing ever did get done Jerzy Kosi ski s The Painted Bird a book I detested portrays all the Eastern European s as brutes and animals In Ba Tarr s film S t ntang another Hungarian we get a portrait of a people continually drunk iving in the mud poor stupid and easily taken advantage of by even the flimsiest pretexts And in nearly all Russian novels both classic and contemporary there is always the underlying psychology of a people who are uncomfortable with themselves Alexander Herzen in My Past and Thoughts explains this unease in comparing Russian insecurity to the rest of Europe They talk in Western Europe of our duplicity and wily cunning they mistake the desire to show off and swagger a bit for the desire to deceive about how the Russians feel insecure and inferior about their own peculiar culture vs Western Europe s supposed refinementIn the book club which I took part in to read this book a comment was made about how someone felt the book was offensive that people from that part of the world had too ong been the butt of jokes And while I agree continuing these stereotypes can only do harm it is uite often the people from this part of the world who perpetuate it Yet since I am not from Hungary or Moldova or Poland I can t ever hope to know what this strange neurosis is people have about themselves and their fellow countrymen and women that would continue to make them Show Me How: Quilting: Quilting Storybook How-to-Quilt Instructions look at themselves as stupid orazy or in general insecure about their place in the worldPerhaps geography plays a role Perhaps being crushed between prosperous Western Europe on one side and massive Russia on the other is a determining factor in one s cultural self esteem This is a part of the world that has always been used as a buffer zone between the West and Russia the term buffer Zone To Me Seems Far to me seems far than any stereotype And now that communism has fallen and this buffer region is responsible for its own fate the people iving here are perhaps anxious than ever This entire region seems to have always been defined to outsiders anyway by the powers that crowd around it and so being eft to do what they want seems to ead to major problems Much of the book actually deals with Moldovans wanting to attach themselves to another regime the EUSince I knew nothing of Moldova before reading this book I ooked up what I could online and while it s not as bleak as Lorchenkov makes Moldova out to be I can see why people might want to get the hell away there are no real opportunities in Moldova Anything that might have once existed in Moldova was dug up and carted off by the Soviets years ago Girl in the Blue Coat leaving behind aot of poor people and a fractured government unable to bring the people together For a book so funny it s really awfully sad This book Hunter Kiss leaves you with the impression that the people of Moldova have given up and onlyook elsewhere for help the EU There does not seem to be a sense of history or culture or any hope to tie people to their country We earn nothing of what makes Moldova uniue or beautiful or important we only get a series of funny but sad and ever increasing outrageous plots to escape the sinking ship that is MoldovaBut is Lorchenkov actually making fun of Moldova Is he actually saying the people of Moldova are stupid dirt eating sad sacks Lorchenkov explores a subtle
Theme In This Book He Is Interested in this book he is interested the spin and propaganda nations use on each other and on their own people When two of the main characters have their rusty homemade pedal powered submarine blasted out of the water by a foreign Coast Guard the newspapers make it seem as if a massive plot of Islamic extremists was thwarted on the high seas When a crusade is fired up by the ocal priest and hundreds of thousands of people attempt to march to Italy for freedom and jobs the European newspapers claim the people of Moldova have risen up and are enacting reforms from within When things in this fictional Moldova can t get any worse the government declares war on its own people because it s too weak to go to war with anyone else yet to the outside press this might be seen as the government tamping down dangerous rebels which in a way they are since all they want to do is Karma's A Sexy Bitch: Choose Your Own Erotic Fantasy Adventure leave I suppose aot of the reason why this subtext exists in the book is due to how the Soviets were constantly putting forth their own propaganda to counter western ideals even though everyone knew the Soviet propaganda was nonsense or at best a fairy tale or mythology And this fairy tale uality exists all through the book not in that there s a princess well actually there sort of is or a happy ending but in the strange magic unrealism of the novel Skylarks. Il piccolo villaggio moldavo di Larga è in preda a una mania collettiva raggiungere Mythological Beasts Turned Me Gay: Three Book Collection: (Mythology Erotica) l'Italia il paese dove per tutti c'èa possibilità di un This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around The World lavoro ben pagato e di un futuro felice Gli abitanti del villaggio inseguono iloro sogno di benessere con ualunue mezzo trattori volanti crociate di massa sommergibili a pedali vendita di organi camuffamenti collettivi L'ossessione per un'Italia idealizzata e purtroppo The poor bastards want is some foodAnd somehow through some collective karmic deficiency not one success story eavens this heavy dough But the icing of absurdity and dreamy impracticality kept me smiling and turning pagesI wanted to send the poor guys contact information for the Acme Corporation but couldn t figure out how This is a tragicomic novel about the poorest country in Europe Moldova whose entire population the President included wants to immigrate to Italy The novel has moments of genius images that for an American reader probably appear magic realist but for anyone who is familiar with the reality of the area these are rather realist depictions of a grotesue reality overall however this is an uneven not very well structured work Generally speaking the translator captures well the oral uality of the novel although one can also find instances of awkwardness 35 starsAn absurdist darkly humorous story about impoverished villagers trying to escape Moldova to go work in Italy This isn t as tightly plotted as your typical novel but it s a short and uick read following the misadventures of several unfortunate Moldovans in the ate 2000s Many of the situations are over the top satirizing the situations of would be migrants and the intensity of their desire to go to Italy The humor is really dark though much of it involving death I imagine this book would be funnier and meaningful to Moldovans but as a foreigner I did feel able to appreciate it and it is an easy read It was funny that I happened to pick this book up right after finishing Life and Death are Wearing Me Out as it is also about the everyday miseries and debasements of village The Organ Grinders life under communism and post communism They re very different books overall but that theme engenders many small similarities including farm animals than I m accustomed to The Good Life Elsewhere is funny both in an earthy slapstick way and a wry bitter way It s a tall tale about the goofyengths Moldovan villagers will go to in pursuit of their dream of abor migration to Italy and a poignant caricature of the winners and osers of European integration I couldn t help but be reminded of those Dilbert cartoons from the 90 s about the fictional The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body land of Elbonia whose chief export was mud Thankfully this book has significantlyiterary merit and by virtue of not distancing itself uite so much from the reality of grinding poverty Silver in the Wood less cruelty It s short dark fantastical and aittle gruesome definitely worth the effort for anyone who s interested in Soviet and post Soviet iterature of which we have all too ittle in English The translation is an excellent effort from a young translator sometimes the Russian of the original intrudes a ittle too much into the syntax but overall the balance between inguistic foreignness and familiarity is very good This was a fantastic book and one need not know a thing about Moldova to enjoy it The theme is universal the struggles and strivings of man the idea that the grass is always greener the search outside oneself for the answersthese things are present in any society The fact that it is set against the oppressive backdrop of Larga only serves to heighten the contrast between here and there The story ranges from outrageous and absurd to sad and even a bit profound I The Second Cure loved the message or what I actually took to be the moral of the story which I don t want to say because I don t know if that would be considered a spoiler or not Yes it is a funny uirky book but it is much as wellWhile I was eager to read this book I was initially wary of a few things one being that I usually don t get satirical works by foreign authors though Iike to try I w 35 It s great that many other reviewers find the humour works in translation though for me it didn t uite This short novel about impoverished Moldovan villagers who go to desperate and surreal Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities lengths to emigrate to Italy is packed with black comedy shaped scenes some at a Chris Morrisevel of sick but for indefinable reasons only a handful of them made me The Sorcerer's Apprentice laugh Laughterike this is a reflexive instinctual thing unfortunately the only phrase I can think of that conveys this is the utterly cringeworthy didn t tickle one s funnybone but there must be some better euivalentThe writing translation is reasonable but feels slightly too wordy and oose A GR reviewer who knows Russian notes that the relatively inexperienced translator has preserved a few too many Russian sentence structures which may explain this I wonder what it means if anything to
Moldovans that a satire on this topic is written in Russian anguage of the old oppressor that a satire on this topic is written in Russian World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi language of the old oppressor than the majorityanguage of Moldovan RomanianHere s another instance where I struggle to find the right words to describe a facet of this book The chapters all relate to people from the same village and the same ultimate aim but perhaps aren t necessarily chronological sometimes it s as if some previous events hadn t happened though there s a general forward trajectory or they obviously skip back and forth in time Possibly ike Isaac Bashevis Singer s stories but it s a ong time since I read those Some favourite bits Refused a visa for a state visit to Italy because they Who Is Muhammad Ali? ll only abscond the Moldovan presidential delegation s plane tries to thwart radar so they can parachute in and get to the jobs their contacts have set up for them as takeaway chefs and cleaners Villagersearn the rules of curling because sports teams are allowed to travel and practice in dusty fields
with rakes and a gigantic boulder on a skateboard Funniest if rakes and a gigantic boulder on a skateboard Funniest
followed the Olympics closely Gypsies imprisoned and starved by a venal border guard dig a pond for pelicans so they can catch them for food A grandfather visited by anthropology students collecting folktales foxes them by structuring his stories around Greek myths he s read in a book Anyway there is good background in the blurb and this interview with the author I ve not read a book in which curling was a major topic before this oneMore Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything like 35 stars Some very funny bits and pieces in this satire Well worth reading especially if one isooking for a book set in Moldova or by an author from the country. Ma si frantuma in tante piccole storie di sopravvivenza uotidiana e di tentata emigrazione Riusciranno alla fine i due eroi Serafini e Vasilij che tentano di emigrare via cielo e via mare modificando a carcassa di un trattore a portare nel nostro paese e due anime della Moldavia uella artistica dell'umanista innamorato della scultura di Michelangelo e uella pratica del trattorista che si commuove alla parola Fiat.if followed the
Read & Download Все там будемRoost in people s mouths a dead wife hangs from a tree for months with garlic drying around her neck an entire village exists where everyone sells their internal organs tractors can fly and the President fakes his death in a plane crash on northern Italy This magic unrealism I call it unreal because it seems to exist as comic sadness and not as something deeper such as in One Hundred Years of Solitude goes a ong way to help explain the temptation the people of this fictional Moldova and perhaps even the real Moldova too have with joining the EU or escaping to Italy where they think they can get rich cleaning bathrooms or flipping pizzas They ve bought into their own brand of propaganda and they ve A Secret Kept left reality behind they veeft Moldova behind to neglect When we get a couple of characters who beg their fellow countrymen to try and better their own ives to work hard and make Moldova a better place these characters are in the end killed I do wish the book had been a bit serious however I feel as if the author pushed the comedy too far at the expense of gaining some real insight into Moldova I also never felt ike the book was as cohesive as it could be partly because it s a rather short book that never spends much time exploring the many deeper issues floating just between the ines Granted my own ack of cultural context is preventing me from understanding a The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World lot of this book but the author could have done to bring me in and help me understand Still I did enjoy the book for what it is and I think it helps explain some of the unease people from this part of the world tend toook at their own culture with These are people who do want to better their Tricycle (HISTOIRE) lives but are prevented from doing so by their neighbors and in the end by themselves Having just read about fictional villageife in Israel this novel about fictional village ife in Moldova a former Soviet Republic was a significantly different take on the theme of rural existence being set in the village of Larga Moldova which does according to maps on Google actually existThe form of the novel is a curious mix of dare I say it Tolstoy and Gabriel Garcia Maruez The former courtesy of prose that describes in brutal detail the reality of dirt poor Kulak ife albeit a post communist one and the Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell later for the inclusion of flying tractors and pedal powered submarines using darkly satirical magical realismThe story unfolds by way of increasingly surreal and ever desperate attempts by the people of Larga to fail to emigrate to a betterife in Italy Each subseuent attempt takes on an ever mystic and absurd Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts life whilst the challenges that they must face remain resolutely palpable and heroically insurmountable The story is a kind of East European Grapes of Wrath but unlike the Joads the Moldovans never even got to their destination I waseft asking myself what the characters would have done if they had actually succeeded but that of course is the point Personally I felt that this black sardonic humour was somewhat overstated but the book nevertheless manages to convey some serious messages most of which end in ism in a humorous if slightly heavy handed way Enjoyable and made me Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind look forward to my trip to Italy Rating 45 of fiveThe Publisher Says The Good Life Elsewhere is a very funny book It is also a very sad one Moldovan writer Vladimir Lorchenkov tells the story of a group of villagers and their tragicomic efforts against all odds and at any cost to emigrate from Europe s most impoverished nation to Italy for work The Good Life Elsewhere aims to present the complexity of a new Europe where allegiances shift but memories are rooted in place The book integrates small scale human follies with strategic partnerships unification plans and the Sovietegacies that still hang over the former Eastern Bloc Lorchenkov addresses the vexing uestion of what to do when many formerly pro Sovietpro Russia countries want to Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus link arms with their Western European brethren In this uproarious tale an Orthodox priest is deserted by his wife for an art dealing atheist a mechanic redesigns his tractor for travel by air and sea thousands of villagers take to the road on a modern day religious crusade to make it to the promisedand of Italy meanwhile politicians remain politicians Like many great satirists from Voltaire to Gogol to Vonnegut Lorchenkov makes use of the grotesue to both horrify us and help us Rudram in Tamil laugh It is not often that stories from forgotten countries such as Moldova reach us in the English speaking world A country where 25 percent of its population works abroad where remittances make up nearly 40 percent of the GDP where alcohol consumption per capita is the highest in the world and which has theowest per capita income in all of Europe this is a country that surely has its problems But as Lorchenkov vividly shows it s a country whose residents don t easily give
UpRussian Critics Have Praisedcritics have praised s work calling this novel a bleeding wild work grotesue in every twist of its plot and in every character written brightly bitterly humorously and paradoxically as we re dealing with the grotesue honestly In The Good Life Elsewhere Vladimir Lorchenkov shows himself to be a fearless critic an enduring optimist and a master stylist And he does it all in vivid colors with a pamphleteer s spite and a good hud smile My Review When I was a tot I oved the Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies cartoons My mother vigilant on the subject of what and how much TV I could watch wrinkled her nose and pursed her ips
like ast night s prune whip was disagreeing with her but ultimately gave inJoy Unrestricted accesslast night s prune whip was disagreeing with her but ultimately gave inJoy Unrestricted access the Meep Meep DucktheMeepDick what have you been telling the boy And what does that meanAs everyone my age knows already it was the Roadrunner and how I oved those gravity defying falls Wile E Coyote took the razzberry the Roadrunner invariably blew at him and of course MEEP MEEP The entire book I felt ike the Moldovan people one and all were the collective reincarnation of Wile E Coyote All the poor bastard ever wanted was some unch was my father s summation of the cartoons Yeah I thought every time another hare brained scheme to get to Italy failed all. Nesistente via di fuga dalle disgustose condizioni di vita moldave contagia tutta a nazione dal contadino più povero fino alla massima autorità politica del paese il presidente Voronin che sogna di aprire una pizzeria in una cittadina del nord Italia Il romanzo ride e riflette sul sogno e a fuga sui disagi e i desideri e tanto più farà riflettere noi italiani anche se i veri protagonisti sono i moldavi La tra.