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Red Plenty

By Francis Spufford
Red Plenty by Francis Spufford digital book - Fable

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"Spufford cunningly maps out a literary genre of his own . . . Freewheeling and fabulous." —The Times (London)

Strange as it may seem, the gray, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairy tale. It was built on the twentieth-century magic called "the planned economy," which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the lands of capitalism could never match. And just for a little while, in the heady years of the late 1950s, the magic seemed to be working. Red Plenty is about that moment in history, and how it came, and how it went away; about the brief era when, under the rash leadership of Khrushchev, the Soviet Union looked forward to a future of rich communists and envious capitalists, when Moscow would out-glitter Manhattan and every Lada would be better engineered than a Porsche. It's about the scientists who did their genuinely brilliant best to make the dream come true, to give the tyranny its happy ending.

Red Plenty is history, it's fiction, it's as ambitious as Sputnik, as uncompromising as an Aeroflot flight attendant, and as different from what you were expecting as a glass of Soviet champagne.

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Believable charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveImmersive settingRealistic settingThought-provoking
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Believable charactersMorally ambiguousMulti-layered charactersConciseDescriptive writingOriginal writingComplexDark settingHistorically-accurateRealistic setting

About Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford is the author of The Child That Books Built and two other books. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches writing at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge.

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