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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782398090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782398097
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Amid its screwball rage this very funny book is also an unexpectedly touching one -- AD Miller Spectator Sharp, spare, entertaining... Savour the quips and enjoy the show -- Mary Dejevsky Independent Starts at 100mph and only gets faster... Copious, creative and full of brio Big Issue Refreshing... Essential... Page-turning New York Times A scathing satire... The Senility of Vladimir P is a clear attack on the corruption and greed of Putin's Russia and a sharp reminder of how authoritarian rule can infect a generation -- Lucy Popescu Independent

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Ferociously readable and very, very funny, The Senility of Vladimir P is a vodka-soaked tragicomedy of bribes, backhanders and an elderly Vladimir Putin going catastrophically awry...

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Format: Hardcover
This is a tedious book. It has one theme which is exploited to interminable ends. I turned every page but ultimately I only read a handful of words on each one.
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Michael Honig has captured a moment in history, albeit twenty years hence, that rivets the reader in a totally relevant page turner of a book. A Russia exposed with humorous western sympathy.
The pace and pathos of the ‘Senility of Vladimir P’ will strike a chord with all adventurous thriller readers. This blockbuster, through its gently dark humour, explains what has made Russia what it is today, better than any historical novel. It is a ‘must read’ to understand why Vladimir P is acting as he is today.
The denouement of the final luxury watches scene is a real whodunnit masterpiece. Thoroughly believable blackmail.
Enjoy, learn and enjoy again.

PS Who is Michael Honig ? Is he Russian or an undercover spy ?
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This book had great potential and some of it came through but far from all. This is a story about the final days of Vladimir P in Russia, some decades from now. Vladimir P is demented and is under care of the only non corrupted male nurse in Russia. The Story is about their daily lives in a dacha outside Moscow.

The Book is well written and Michael Honig manages to describe the problems with dementia perfectly as well as the huge level of corruption in Russia today and in this book also in the future. The Russia he paints for us is almost the same state as today.

All this would have been a perfect platform for an engaging story about the future of Russia or high drama in the future but for some reason Michel Honig has chosen to use this as almost the entire story and just added a minor situation with the male nurse. It is in fact the nurse that is the main character in the book and not Vladimir P. Unfortunately the nurse is not only on the border of stupidly naive but also unable to understand how his country works. You might feel sympathetic towards his struggle as you would towards a child but it is not enough to make you like him.

If you are familiar with Russia the situation that is described in the book comes as no surprise. But 300+ pages of daily corruption and dementia is in the end boring and you wish that something would happen to engage you interest.

If you are not familiar with Russia the insight into their daily lives as compared to daily lives in European nations will be an eye opener. Unfortunately it is all true.

I would have wished that the author had used his well crafted platform to launch a more interesting story.
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I thought this was just a great, entertaining read. Sure, it's a kind of clever Animal Farm-style parable about modern Russia and corruption, but more than that, it's a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud, weirdly moving story about the fallibilities of all of us.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Russian novel 27 Oct. 2016
By Rick Morton - Published on Amazon.com
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this is a "worth reading" novel. it says so much about Russia and the situation it is in now- Briefly, the acceptance of everyone trying to "pull something" on each other for money and influence and society's almost complete acceptance of this as more than OK. Plus Vladimir Putin's character. this story is a a few years in the future when Mr Putin is struck with senility and dementia but is still physically strong. How he could have helped Russia in some significant way but however didn't see things that way at all- just helping himself. It is told from the viewpoint of a male nurse taking care of him in an institution where everyone but not the nurse is trying to advantage themselves and ruthlessly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Otlichno. 2 Oct. 2016
By Ehler Blaze - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent, even as a fictional biography of Putin, and especially as a depiction of senility.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars banal 13 Nov. 2016
By vs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
To compare this book with Animal Farm is to do a great disservice to George Orwell. One just have to remember "some animals are more equal than others", “Four legs good, two legs bad.”, “This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.” and other gems which became part of English language.

The Senility of Vladimir P is - first and foremost - poorly written, full of clichés and not funny at all. It's not really a satire, it's a collection of stereotypes about Russia (yes - vodka, what else is new), which are trite, boring, banal. Interminable story about chicken and whatever happens in the kitchen, preposterous tale about watch collection and its theft goes on and on so that the reader is more and more persuaded in total lack of author's imagination.

I would have given this book one star if not for one single paragraph: "True, it was fantasy, a memory confection that existed only in Vladimir’s head, but Vladimir no longer had any insight into that fact, so as far as he was concerned, it was real. In a sense, thought Sheremetev, it was as real as the world in which he or anyone else lived."

Otherwise - it's a waste of time and money.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly cynical (in a good way) 26 Jun. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Honig is a genius.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Russia in Microcosm 15 Nov. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Russia in microcosm here--Vladimir Putin is now senile, and clearly deteriorating (the senility symptoms as they increase are very well shown). Alas, this is a Russia where everyone is on the take, and those who aren't, are fools, and anyone stupid enough to point this out end up being treated quite badly till the bribe level is met by the distraught relatives. This book also looks back on Putin's administration as an outgrowth of the kleptocracy of the Yeltsin years--like how the Orion pirates became the Orion Syndicate in the Star Trek universe. The ending is just as depressing as a lot of other Russian novels, with weary acceptance of the way things are.

Note on the typesetting: page 20 replaced page 30 while the size of the font varied from line to line every once in a while.
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