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Paranoia: A Novel [Paperback]

Victor Martinovich , Timothy Snyder , Diane Nemec Ignashev

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Book Description

March 31 2013
"Originally published in Russian in 2010 by AST (Moscow) and Astrel'-SPb (Saint Petersburg)."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; Tra edition (March 31 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810128764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810128767
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! April 1 2013
By Christina Karchevskaya - Published on Amazon.com
Very realistic Belarusian love-story. Very scary, very honest and very realistic. KGB & love -- mission impossible?...
I would definitely love to make a movie on a book like this.
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright Feb. 4 2014
By Anon - Published on Amazon.com
It gave a good perspective into the dystopian state of Belarus, and the forward was very helpful in clearing up the background of the novel, but the romance was not always very believable. Also, the perspectives switched a lot, which on one hand contributed to the sense of paranoia of the novel, but on the other, made things very confusing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious sendup of Byelotyrrany Jan. 16 2014
By Paul E. Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
Victor Martinovich is a funny writer. Funny not in a Douglas Adams sort of way. More like George Orwell or Aldous Huxley. Not “ha ha,” more like “hm.”

This novel is a love tragedy. But, since it takes place in totalitarian Belarus (Martinovich’s home is not mentioned, but that’s where we are), it’s really a bizarre love triangle, between the protagonist Anatoly, a writer, Elisaveta, a woman whom Anatoly meets in a café, and the State, which, given its jealous totalitarian-ness, must monitor even the most mundane and intimate moments of the couple’s lives.

The story’s narrative alternates with intelligence reports or transcripts that are pitch perfect in their dry reportage, and on the whole the novel is as hilarious a send up of modern Belorussian tyranny as one can expect. Why is probably why the book was banned upon its release and Martinovich is now living in exile.

[As reviewed in Russian Life magazine.]

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