cover image Moscow 2042

Moscow 2042

Vladimir Voinovich. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P, $30.95 (444pp) ISBN 978-0-15-662165-6

An emigre Russian writer named Kartsev narrates a bawdy, self-deprecating tale of travel from West Germany in 1982 to Moscow circa 2042, where much has changed (but not the Soviet penchant for re-writing history). ``Voinovich, author of the Private Ivan Chonkin books, is goodnatured and irreverent, but his work doesn't have Orwell's deadpan bite,'' noted PW. (Sept.)