Virginia Llewellyn Smith
- The History of a Town by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, translated by I.P. Foote
William Meeuws, 192 pp, £9.00, March 1980, ISBN 0 902672 33 9
The French improved their lot at the end of the 18th century by chopping off their oppressors’ heads. Not long afterwards, the inhabitants of Glupov in Russia had a sadly different experience. They had enjoyed a period of unparalleled prosperity under a governor whose head was stuffed with truffles, when the marshal of the nobility, an irrepressible gourmand, brought back the bad time by literally swallowing the source of their contentment.