1 9 6 2. N. K O Z A K O V. D I A R I E S
Narrated by Yuri Petrovich Kovelenov
Director K. Gluschenko. Editor K. Chuchalina.
Recording engineers: S. Avilov, R. Khuseyn.
Illustration A. Koltchina. Design K. Gluschenko.
Vinyl 2×LP 180g, 8 pages insert, edition of 300 copies.
Order № 115. Gluschenkoizdat, 2016.
(...) Only twice in 1962 did the whirlwind of events carry the author, like Gogol’s blacksmith, Vakula, from his humdrum provincial surroundings to wildly unanticipated worlds: to Moscow, where he converses in unexpectedly tolerable English with Americans dining at the Metropol restaurant, and later to Kharkov and the institute of the renowned Professor Dubrovsky, who fails to cure his stutter. Kozakov describes both journeys in the same dispassionate manner as he depicts the everyday life of Kadnitsy village. This makes them all the more fantastic, surprising, and cinematic to the reader and puts into relief the place that the author defines for himself on the world map. It is as though Kozakov has no idea that he lives in a provincial village behind the Iron Curtain. He handily inserts English expressions into his text, watches Hollywood films, and draws no distinction between publishing his work in a local newspaper or a Moscow journal, joking that American whistle-blowing journalists will show up in the neighboring village at any moment. (...)
— Maria Kuvshinova