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.
The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books.