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A Dostoevskian psychological novel of ideas, Novel with Cocaine explores the interaction between psychology, philosophy, and ideology in its frank portrayal of an adolescent's cocaine addiction. The story relates the formative experiences of Vadim at school and with women before he turns to drug abuse and the philosophical reflections to which it gives rise. Although Ageyev makes little explicit reference to the Revolution, the novel's obsession with addictive forms of thinking finds resonance in the historical background, in which "our inborn feelings of humanity and justice" provoke "the cruelties and satanic transgressions committed in its name.
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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.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian
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Book Description North Western University Press, Evanston, 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. First Thus. Classic Russian drug novel about cocaine addiction from the 1920s translated from the Russian by Michael Henry Heim. M. Ageyev is the nom-de-plume of a relatively obscure Russian author of the early 20th century, Marc Levi (alt. spelling Mark Levi). His best-known work, Novel With Cocaine (also translated as the Cocain Romance), was published in 1934 in the Parisian émigré publication, Numbers. Nikita Struve has alleged it to be the work of another Russian author employing a pen name, Vladimir Nabokov; this idea was debunked by Nabokov's son Dmitry in his preface to "The Enchanter". Levi's life is shrouded in mystery and conjecture. He seems to have returned to the U.S.S.R. in 1942 and spent the rest of his life in Yerevan, where he died on August 5, 1973. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 027874
Book Description Northwestern Univ Pr, 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110810109980
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Book Description Northwestern Univ Pr, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0810109980
Book Description Northwestern Univ Pr, 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0810109980