Smashed in the USSR Fear Loathing and Vodka on the Steppes For forty years Ivan Petrov careered stumbled staggered and rampaged all over the vast Soviet empire Homeless an illegal condition in the communist utopia in and out of prison camps almost always

  • Title: Smashed in the USSR: Fear, Loathing and Vodka on the Steppes
  • Author: Caroline Walton Ivan Petrov
  • ISBN: 9781908699220
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • For forty years Ivan Petrov careered, stumbled, staggered and rampaged all over the vast Soviet empire Homeless an illegal condition in the communist utopia , in and out of prison camps, almost always drunk, and with a gift for hilariously sending up the tragic absurdities of Soviet life, Ivan was a real life Svejk This is his unforgettable story, as told to Caroline WaFor forty years Ivan Petrov careered, stumbled, staggered and rampaged all over the vast Soviet empire Homeless an illegal condition in the communist utopia , in and out of prison camps, almost always drunk, and with a gift for hilariously sending up the tragic absurdities of Soviet life, Ivan was a real life Svejk This is his unforgettable story, as told to Caroline Walton just before his death.

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    1. When I picked up this book I only knew what the cover told me. The memoirs of a homeless alcoholic living in the Soviet Union at a time in history where both homelessness and alcoholism were illegal. The story of a man who from his very early days struggled with his identity and did not desire to lead his life as society wanted him to. The book is filled with pure insanity and drinking stories unlike most I've encountered. The people he comes across and the moments they share go from devastating [...]


    2. Remembering my childhood admiration for Robinson Crusoe, I wonder why people in books are so much more interesting than those in real life. It wasn’t so much the bullying that got me down, though that was bad enough. No, it was being surrounded by so many idiots who felt important for the first time in their lives. Now I spit on everything. Christ himself couldn’t have wandered the USSR unmolested. His attitude, ‘take therefore no thought for the morrow’ would have earned him a year at l [...]


    3. Ivan Petrov was a drunkard. And a tramp. As well as a sailor, a beggar, a criminal, a night watchman, an absent father, a failed husband and an alkashi (street drinker) who travelled all over the USSR in his decades of living in a dysfunctional society that didn't just tolerate drunkenness but actively caused and encouraged it.His story, told from childhood onwards in a meandering style that often makes it hard to keep track of things like the passage of time and which sometimes seems just a lit [...]


    4. A truly astonishing book. Ivan, a hobo and alcoholic, recounts his (real-life!) story and travels, from 1940s Soviet Russia to 1990s London via Russia, Georgia, Central Asia, and many, many camps. He befriended an English lady in London, herself a Russian aficionado, and decided that his story needed to be told - and here it is. It almost reads like fiction, so wild and colourful his travels are. Camps, prisons, trains, roads, remote forests, faceless cities and militia, drunken poets and cannib [...]



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