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The Three Fat Men

By Yuri Olesha, Hugh Aplin, translator

Hesperus has brought out a new translation of one of the finest, most overlooked works of Soviet-era literature. At once a peculiarly hilarious satire full of magic and whimsy, it is also a beautifully written work of literature, brimming with profound metaphors and brilliant turns of phrase. Aplin has done a masterful job with the translation, capturing all of Olesha’s wit and whimsy, while dulling none of his satirical barbs. This is a “fairy tale” ostensibly written for children, but which will be even more appreciated by grown-ups.


— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: May/June 2011