One morning in 1949, Fan Fanych, alias Etcetera, is summoned from his Moscow condominium to KGB headquarters, the place he's knowledgeable that he'll be charged with a criminal offense extra heinous than any mere guy may perhaps ever devise: “the vicious rape and homicide of an elderly kangaroo within the Moscow Zoo on an evening among July 14, 1789 and January nine, 1905.”

Every second within the nightmarish and hilarious account that follows lives as much as the absurdity of this accusation. alongside the way in which, Fanych runs into seductive KGB agent (who’s bent on convincing Fanych that he’s a kangaroo), a camp packed with previous Bolsheviks desperately attempting to think in ruined progressive hopes, Adolf Hitler, and all 3 events on the Yalta convention (which didn’t, because it seems, cross relatively like we’ve been told). And all this phantasmagoria is devoted to truth, for―as Dostoevsky knew―it is most unlikely for realism to painting a society whose corruption is actually really good.

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