Vladimir Voinovich’s Moscow 2042 is a Russian novel based on the establishment of Communism in the single city of Moscow in the future. The novel, published in 1986 and translated into English in 1987, focuses on the alter ego of the author which has travelled to the future.
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Author: Vladimir Voinovich
Genre: Political/ Dystopian/ Satirical
Goodreads rating: 3.92/5
My Rating: 7.3/10
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Language: Russian and English
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Kartsev, an exiled Soviet author, living in the year 1982 in Munich, comes to know that a Germany-based travel agency is booking flights through a time warp. The time-travelling flight will take him to different tempting sites in the year 2042 in the city of Moscow.
When he travels to 2042, he finds out that this era is after the ‘Great August Revolution’. The Soviet Union has been changed by the new leader who is known as ‘Genialissimus’. This leader has also decided to develop communism in only one city, which is Moscow. According to Genialissimus, the ideology of this Communist city is based on a hotchpotch of Orthodoxy of Russia and Marxism-Leninism. Moscow is now ruled by the CPGB, which is the Communist Party of State Security. CPGB has resulted after the Communist Party and KGB have merged with each other.
Kartsev finds that the Soviet Union has still not recovered from the decay and thus it has been separated from Moscow by a Berlin type of Wall. This wall covers the city of Moscow and within this region, every person gets everything by the communist principle depending upon his needs. The only flaw is, the Government decides the needs of these people. In this system, most of the people have somewhat ordinary needs, but there are some VIP people who have extraordinary demands. Although they are a part of the Moscow Communist Republic, the people having ordinary needs are underprivileged.
Sim Karnavalov is a Slavophile, a liberator as well as a friend of Kartsev. The underprivileged people are so obsessed with changing their lifestyle they throw themselves in the arms of Sim Karnavalov. He also is a rebellious writer. This role is actually a mockery of Aleksandr. People noticed Sim Karnavalov enter Moscow on a white horse and call himself Tsar Serafirm the First. This leads to the end of communism and the society being shifted back to feudal autocracy.
This novel deserves my rating of 7.3/10 because it focuses on many theories, communism, and politics and covers every aspect satirically. The author Vladimir Voinovich is not afraid of covering such a debatable topic. However, as the end of novel approaches, it becomes a little dull, and the story becomes predictable. Having said that overall it is a very enjoyable read and I will never regret reading this novel. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.
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