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A bizarre and deeply disturbing account of a young manâ€™s descent into addiction, this story brilliantly mirrors the tumultuous events of early 20th-century Russian history. Struggling with the confusion and insecurities that adolescence brings, Vadim seeks an outlet for his frustration. Following unfulfilling attempts at classroom rebellion, filial disobedience, and teenage sex, he is drawn further and further into the world of illicit drugs. As his desire to experiment with narcotics grows stronger, so too do his feelings of worthlessness and isolation; and his ultimate physical surrender to cocaine mirrors his nation's psychological capitulation to a world where morals no longer apply. This extraordinary work, astonishingly prescient for its time, is written by the pseudonymous M. Ageyev.
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M. Ageyev is a pseudonym. Following the publication of Novel with Cocaine in a Paris-based Russian émigré journal in the early 1930s, the author, then living in Istanbul, sent a passport and a short story to a friend in Paris. The short story was published, the passport lost. Nobody has ever identified the author.
Michael Henry Heim, winner of the 1998 PEN Center USA West Translation Award for A Bohemian Youth by Josef Hiršal
(Northwestern, 1997), is a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at UCLA. His other translations for Northwestern University Press include Dubravka Ugrešic's Fording the Stream of Consciousness and Felix Roziner's A Certain Finkelmeyer.
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