Wladimir Kaminer: There Was No Sex in Socialism. Goldmann Verlag (Paperback, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999)

There Was No Sex in Socialism

Legends and misunderstandings of the last century

Original Title: Es gab keinen Sex im Sozialismus
With photographs / illustrations from Vitali P. Konstantinov

original edition

Paperback, with flaps, 240 pages, 11.8 x 18.7 cm, 4.6 x 7.4 in., 32 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-442-54265-9
€ 9.99 [D] | € 10.30 [A] | CHF 14.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Goldmann

Date of publication: February 9, 2009
This title is available.


Rights sold to: Italy (Mimesis), The Netherlands (Hoogland & Van Klaveren)

Wladimir  Kaminer - There Was No Sex in Socialism


Life is full of misunderstandings and errors – especially concerning the former homeland of Wladimir Kaminer, the Soviet Union

For a long time, Kaminer himself wasn't aware of the distorted picture the West had of this region and he had no idea of the bad opinion the rest of the world had of this dictatorship, which after all had given its citizens such memorable things as the Bolshoi Ballet, Olympic gold medallists with superhuman strength and cheap mashed potatoes in excess. Not to forget cars that were completely beyond being put into categories like new and second-hand or intact and not roadworthy. The reason for this was that they were everything all at once and as such the perfect challenge to every proud car-owner. People in the West could only dream of these and numberless other challenges to be faced every day. The difference in life and mentality can be seen in all the how-to books on the market. If you read the most popular of this kind of book in the West, you become a non-smoking, slender tax embezzler, always fit and young and a veritable bundle of eroticism. In other words: disagreeable. Bookshops in Moscow have other things to offer, meaning you can think about "How to Distil Brandy Without a Distillery" before turning to such matters as "How to Become Ninja in Three Steps ".

Wladimir Kaminer tells us about his old home country in witty, charming stories, doing away with prejudices and misunderstandings. In the end, you really do see the USSR in a different light.


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