The year is 1982, just two years before that made famous by Orwell. An exiled Soviet writer discovers that a German travel agency is booking flights through a time warp to a variety of tempting sites and dates in the future. Moscow? The year 2042? How can he resist? Afterword by the Author. Translated by Richard Lourie.
An emigre Russian writer named Kartsev narrates a bawdy, self-deprecating tale of travel from West Germany in 1982 to Moscow circa 2042, where much has changed (but not the Soviet penchant for re-writing history). ``Voinovich, author of the Private Ivan Chonkin books, is goodnatured and irreverent, but his work doesn't have Orwell's deadpan bite,'' noted PW. (Sept.)