(story - as Vladimir Voynovich)
Vladimir Vojnovich | Vladimir Voynovich
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I wanted to be a realist, writing about what I saw. Almost like journalism. But when I published my work, which I thought was really true-to-life, they said, 'You're writing satire.' I wasn't, it was just life that was so absurd. The more I've depicted life, the deeper I've gone, the more I've become a satirist. Or so they say.
His citizenship was rescinded by Leonid Brezhnev, but was restored under Gorbachev. As the Soviet Union became the Russian Federation, he went from national outcast to literary hero, winning the State Prize for his 2000 novel "Monumental Propaganda," about a communist fanatic who rescues a statue of Stalin from demolition by moving it into her apartment. However, official support once again ...