M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin


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The Golovlevs

Summary: Searingly hot in the summer, bitterly cold in the winter, the ancestral estate of the Golovlyov family is the end of the road. There Anna Petrovna rules with an iron hand over her servants and family-until she loses power to the relentless scheming of her hypocritical son Porphyry.

One of the great classic novels of Russian literature, The Golovlyov Family is a vivid picture of a condemned and isolated outpost of civilization that, for contemporary readers, will recall the otherwordly reality of Macondo in Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Condition: Pre-owned in fair condition. A few loose pages, but none are missing.

My Personal Review:  I enjoyed this book even though it is grim and there isn't anyone to really root for. It has some comical moments for sure with the absurdity in which they treat each other. There were some chapters in this book that seemed to drag on forever and some I couldn't stop reading. This is a grim Russian tale but somehow was still enjoyable to read.