Voinovich, Vladimir

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(1932-2018) Russian author known mostly for his mainstream satires. Active in the 1970s, he found himself in confrontation with the Soviet authorities, and finally emigrated in the early 1980s to Germany. All his works display an offbeat and at times heavy-handed fantastication. His only sf tale, Moskva 2042 (1987; trans Richard Lourie as Moscow 2084 1987), carries a contemporary protagonist 100 years forward by Time Travel to the redoubled bureaucracy that rules in 2084 CE, en passant satirizing Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008). The outlandishness of the sf enactment of Voinovich's conceit is balanced by the grimness of his sense that Soviet bureaucracy would almost infinitely worsen. [VG/JC]

Vladimir Nikolaevich Voinovich

born Dushanbe, Tadzhik, USSR [now Russia]: 26 September 1932

died Moscow: 28 July 2018

works

  • Moskva 2042 (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ardis, 1987) [hb/]
    • Moscow 2084 (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987) [trans by Richard Lourie of the above: hb/David Shannon]

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