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Communist daze : the many misadventures of a Soviet doctor

Author: Vladimir A Tsesis
Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Welcome to Gradieshti, a tiny Russian village awash in gray buildings and ramshackle fences, home to a large, collective farm and to the most oddball and endearing cast of characters possible. For three years in the 1960s, Vladimir A. Tsesis, inestimable Soviet doctor and irrepressible jester, was stationed in a village where racing tractor drivers tossed vodka bottles to each other for sport; where farmers and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Tsesis, Vladimir A.
Communist daze.
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016052661
Named Person: Vladimir A Tsesis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vladimir A Tsesis
ISBN: 9780253025944 025302594X 9780253025869 0253025869
OCLC Number: 953440292
Description: xi, 240 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: AcknowledgmentsPreface: September 1964BeginningsPotemkin Profession Hard Lives and Few ChoicesJust One More DrinkSecretsThe Party's PartyThe Longest Shortest Parade in the Soviet UnionHow Much Do You Really Want That Vacation, Vladimir?WindmillsMilkThe WanderersDeath in a FamilyThe Great ChaseKGB Daughters, and Why Not to Treat ThemThe West Meets the BestThe Incredibly Shrinking CropA Frosty Farewell One Joke Too ManyEndings
Responsibility: Vladimir A. Tsesis.

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"Welcome to Gradieshti, a tiny Russian village awash in gray buildings and ramshackle fences, home to a large, collective farm and to the most oddball and endearing cast of characters possible. For three years in the 1960s, Vladimir A. Tsesis, inestimable Soviet doctor and irrepressible jester, was stationed in a village where racing tractor drivers tossed vodka bottles to each other for sport; where farmers and townspeople secretly mocked and tried to endure the Communist way of life; where milk for children, running water, and adequate electricity were rare; where the world's smallest, motley parade became the country's longest; and where one compulsively amorous Communist Party leader met a memorable, chilling fate. From a frantic pursuit of calcium-deprived, lunatic Socialist chickens to a father begging on his knees to Soviet officials to obtain antibiotic for his dying child, Vladimir's tales of Gradieshti are unforgettable. Sometimes hysterical, often moving, always a remarkable and highly entertaining insider's look at rural life under the old Soviet regime, they are a sobering exposé of the terrible inadequacies of its much-lauded socialist medical system."--Provided by publisher.

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"To understand the confusing reality of Russia today, it helps to recall the 'bad-old-days' of the late, unlamented Soviet Union. This warm, touching and occasionally hilarious book can assist those Read more...

 
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