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Communist Daze : The Many Misadventures of a Soviet Doctor (Paperback) (Vladimir A. Tsesis)

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Welcome to Gradieshti, a Soviet 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 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.

Number of Pages: 240.0
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Humor, History
Sub-Genre: Soviet Union
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
Author: Vladimir A. Tsesis
Language: English
Street Date: February 13, 2017
TCIN: 52038490
UPC: 9780253025869
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-9904

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