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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 ...

Nervous People and Other Satires 1975, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN

ISBN-13: 9780253201928

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Nervous People, and Other Satires 1975, Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN-13: 9780837181066

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