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The Glupovites

Virginia Llewellyn Smith

4 September 1980
The History of a Town 
by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, translated by I.P. Foote.
William Meeuws, 192 pp., £9, March 1980, 0 902672 33 9
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... awful divorce from life is unforgettable. Not so much a novel as a nightmare, The Golovlyov Family is not typical of the work that made its author’s reputation in Russia, and we must now thank I.P.Foote for bringing us the first English version of The History of a Town, Saltykov’s satirical masterpiece, and for reproducing so accurately its calculated stylistic effects. The History of a Town ...

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