Let's Put the Future Behind Us

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9780002255622: Let's Put the Future Behind Us

Jimmy Goode is a good southern boy who, at some point in the Cold War, defected to the Soviet Union to become "the Russian Elvis" - or sometimes "the Red Sinatra". Now he has disappeared. Carla Mayhew is determined to find him and write the definitive article about him.

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”WE CAN PROVE KENNEDY SHOT HIMSELF – AS LONG AS WE’RE PAID IN ADVANCE”

In the unfettered freedom of Russia’s new found venture capital frenzy, Max Borodin can organise anything – so long as the readies are ready. That’s why he’s Moscow’s most successful businessman.

But Max’s life has its downside: his wife, Tanya, nags him, his mistress, Sonya, exhausts him; his brother Evgeny needs him – to help extricate him from yet another shady business fiasco. Then there are always the country’s friendly mafia, keen to lend a helping hand with the profits of Max’s Universal Manufacturing Company – producer of documents, historical and otherwise, to suit every conceivable occasion.

Satire rarely comes more sulphuric than this. 'Let’s Put the Future Behind Us' is the wittiest job of fictional surgery on New Russia since it iron curtain was amputated.

” Extraordinary … fierce and fiery prose … If it’s material for a novel you’re looking for, Russia is where it’s at”
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”I don’t expect to read a funnier, more profound book this year, and you shouldn’t either”
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