By Mark Lipovetsky

The impetus for Charms of the Cynical cause is the exceptional and little explored acclaim for numerous tricksters flourishing in authentic and unofficial Soviet tradition, in addition to within the post-soviet period. Mark Lipovetsky translates this difficult phenomenon via research of the main striking and interesting literary and cinematic pictures of soviet and post-soviet tricksters, together with such “cultural idioms” as Ostap Bender, Buratino, Vasilii Tyorkin, Stierlitz, and others. Soviet tricksters current survival in a cynical, contradictory, and insufficient global, no longer as a need, yet as a box for creativity, play, and freedom. via an research of the illustration of tricksters in Soviet and post-Soviet tradition, Lipovetsky makes an attempt to attract a digital map of the soviet and post-Soviet cynical cause: to spot its symbols, discourses, and contradictions, and by way of those capacity its ancient improvement from the 1920s
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