Moscow Yankee

9780252064999: Paperback
Release Date: 1st February 1996

Dimensions: 137 x 203

Number of Pages: 320

Series Radical Novel Reconsidered

University of Illinois Press

Moscow Yankee

   The Depression era closing         of a Ford plant sends Andy and two companions to Moscow to find work in         a Soviet automotive plant, where he meets Natasha, an exemplar of the         "new Soviet woman." Based on Myra Page's own experiences in Moscow during         the first Five-Year Plan, Natasha is a portrait of women's contradictory         social position in the early periods of socialist construction. At the         core of this novel is a firsthand look at the developing forces and changing         relations of production forces that bring about the conversion of Andy         into a "Moscow Yankee." While revealing the political and economic policies         that would inevitably lead to the demise of Soviet-style socialism, Moscow         Yankee refutes the notion that egalitarian societies cannot succeed         because they fail to take into account the individualism and greed of         "human nature." Barbara Foley's introduction analyzes the Soviet Socialist         construction in Page's novel and the politics of the novelistic form in         relation to Moscow Yankee.       Originally published in 1935       "A picture of Americans lured         to Moscow by hope in the 'great experiment,' and of others driven there         by the depression, and of still others attracted by the simple desire         to get good engineering jobs, Moscow Yankee; has a decided         value . . . a sense of life, stirring in the chaos of destruction and         reconstruction." -- The New York Times Book Review    
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   The Depression era closing         of a Ford plant sends Andy and two companions to Moscow to find work in         a Soviet automotive plant, where he meets Natasha, an exemplar of the         "new Soviet woman." Based on Myra Page's own experiences in Moscow during         the first Five-Year Plan, Natasha is a portrait of women's contradictory         social position in the early periods of socialist construction. At the         core of this novel is a firsthand look at the developing forces and changing         relations of production forces that bring about the conversion of Andy         into a "Moscow Yankee." While revealing the political and economic policies         that would inevitably lead to the demise of Soviet-style socialism, Moscow         Yankee refutes the notion that egalitarian societies cannot succeed         because they fail to take into account the individualism and greed of         "human nature." Barbara Foley's introduction analyzes the Soviet Socialist         construction in Page's novel and the politics of the novelistic form in         relation to Moscow Yankee.       Originally published in 1935       "A picture of Americans lured         to Moscow by hope in the 'great experiment,' and of others driven there         by the depression, and of still others attracted by the simple desire         to get good engineering jobs, Moscow Yankee; has a decided         value . . . a sense of life, stirring in the chaos of destruction and         reconstruction." -- The New York Times Book Review