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Jonathan Flatley
Post-Soviet as Palimpsest: Some Notes on Pelevin's Generation 'P'


17 2011
In his 1927 novel Envy, Yury Olesha describes the difficulties of adapting one's emotional life to the new post-Revolutionary society. The novel is about how some people manage to make the transformation of their personality required by the new Soviet culture and economy, and how others, who have more trouble, envy them. In Olesha's novel this difference is dramatized by two brothers: Andrei Babichev is a successful manager of a new Soviet salami factory; his brother Ivan is a would-be inventor-cum-slackerish dandy who realizes that neither his values nor his emotions fit in the new Soviet world.