Communist Daze, Vladimir A. Tsesis
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Communist Daze
The Many Misadventures of a Soviet Doctor

Narrator: Daniel Gamburg

Unabridged: 8 hr 6 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 02/20/2017


Welcome to Gradieshti, a Soviet village awash in gray buildings and ramshackle fences, a home to a large, collective farm and to the most oddball and endearing cast of characters possible. For three years in the 1960s, Vladimir Tsesis?inestimable Soviet doctor and irrepressible jester?was stationed in a village where racing tractor drivers tossed vodka bottles to each other for sport; where farmers and townspeople secretly mocked and tried to endure the Communist way of life; where milk for children, running water, and adequate electricity were rare; where the worlds smallest, motley parade became the countrys longest; and where one compulsively amorous Communist Party leader met a memorable, chilling fate. From a frantic pursuit of calcium-deprived, lunatic Socialist chickens to a father begging on his knees to Soviet officials to obtain antibiotics for his dying child, Vladimirs tales of Gradieshti are unforgettable. Sometimes hysterical, often moving, always a remarkable and highly entertaining insiders look at rural life under the old Soviet regime, they are a sobering expos of the terrible inadequacies of its much-lauded socialist medical system.