È con una verve straordinaria, e con un punto di vista originalissimo, che Francis Spufford racconta la storia dell’Unione Sovietica tra gli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta. Una serie di personaggi veri e inventati, giovani scienziati brillanti, strateghi di partito, normalissime famiglie, coppie di innamorati, si muovono sullo sfondo di vicende storiche ben documentate per darci il quadro generale di un periodo intricato, spesso falsato dalla propaganda politica: la corsa dell’«economia pianificata» in gara con quella americana per il primato di ricchezza e progresso. L’autore racconta la storia di un’idea con un tono leggero, spesso ironico: il dramma di un popolo che crede nelle favole prende forma da solo, senza bisogno di enfasi, di commenti seriosi, di scene tragiche. Spufford sa intrattenere il lettore senza tregua. Pura magia.
- ISBN: 8833927903
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 484
Red Plenty is probably one of the finest, and saddest, books I have ever read. It's hard to tell what it is. The best description I've heard is that it's science fiction-- only the science is economics, and the fiction is entirely based on real history. Red Plenty is about the rise and fall of the S Leggi tutto
This is not a novel. It has too much to explain, to be one of those. But it is not a history either, for it does its explaining in the form of a story; only the story is the story of an idea, first of all, and only afterwards, glimpsed through the chinks of the idea’s fate, the story of the people i Leggi tutto
This is a story of how a dream is born and how it dies. The book is written as a novel, but it is definitely nonfiction, or maybe better, it is a dramatization. Yes, this is a dramatization of a usually dry and academic subject of planed economy and creating true Communism in the 50s and 60s. It star Leggi tutto
Easily my book of the year so far, this is a remarkably original and entertaining book. This is a mixed fiction/non-fiction book about economics. Please don't let it put you off - this is not just a book for geeks and wonks (although they'll love it too), this is a story ultimately of people, and how Leggi tutto
4.5 stars Normally whenever I've decided to add a half star I give the book the lower star rating -- 4 stars for a 4.5 star book, for example. But the writing here was just sooooo good, I'm willing to give it a full 5 stars and then round down half a star. Make sense? No? Oh well . . . Let's see . . . Leggi tutto
I loved Golden Hill , which is also by Francis Spufford , and so came to Red Plenty: Inside the Fifties' Soviet Dream with high expectations. It's set in Soviet Russia, during the Khrushchev era, primarily the late 1950s through to the early 1970s, and comprises a series of short stories which highligh Leggi tutto
Face it, you've been waiting all your life for a fictional account of the intricacies of mid-twentieth century Soviet economic planning, WITH FOOTNOTES, and you didn't even know it! The author usually writes non-fiction, and initially set out to do so here, but somewhere along the line he settled on Leggi tutto
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GR ate my review. A formally innovative and unexpectedly interesting take on a moment in Soviet economic and scientific history. Spufford shows himself a dab hand at both economic exposition and short fiction - the whole is far more interesting than I would have expected a book on pricing theory cou Leggi tutto
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