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Set twenty-odd years from now, it opens on Patient Number One—Vladimir Putin, largely forgotten in his presidential dacha, serviced by a small coterie of house staff, drifting in and out of his memories of the past. His nurse, charged with the twenty-four-hour care of his patient, is blissfully unaware that his colleagues are using their various positions to skim money, inSet twenty-odd years from now, it opens on Patient Number One—Vladimir Putin, largely forgotten in his presidential dacha, serviced by a small coterie of house staff, drifting in and out of his memories of the past. His nurse, charged with the twenty-four-hour care of his patient, is blissfully unaware that his colleagues are using their various positions to skim money, in extraordinarily creative ways, from the top of their employer’s seemingly inexhaustible riches.But when a family tragedy means that the nurse suddenly needs to find a fantastical sum of money fast, the dacha’s chef lets him in on the secret world of backhanders and bribes going on around him, and opens his eyes to a brewing war between the staff and the new housekeeper, the ruthless new sheriff in town.A brilliantly cast modern-day Animal Farm, The Senility of Vladimir P. is a coruscating political fable that shows, through an honest man slipping his ethical moorings, how Putin has not only bankrupted his nation economically, but has also diminished it culturally and spiritually. It is angry, funny, page-turning, and surprisingly moving....

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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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  • Bettie☯
    2019-02-05 19:04

    Description: Set twenty-odd years from now, it opens on Patient Number One—Vladimir Putin, largely forgotten in his presidential dacha, serviced by a small coterie of house staff, drifting in and out of his memories of the past. His nurse, charged with the twenty-four-hour care of his patient, is blissfully unaware that his colleagues are using their various positions to skim money, in extraordinarily creative ways, from the top of their employer’s seemingly inexhaustible riches.But when a family tragedy means that the nurse suddenly needs to find a fantastical sum of money fast, the dacha’s chef lets him in on the secret world of backhanders and bribes going on around him, and opens his eyes to a brewing war between the staff and the new housekeeper, the ruthless new sheriff in town.Opening: HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW long he had been sitting there. Could have been two hours. Could have been two years.Suddenly a connection in this brain sparked to life and set off a chain of ignitions, like a momentary flickering of stars lighting up across a darkening, dying galaxy.Damn. I wanted this to be amusing, or cutting edge journalism, or insightful satire, or poignant view of senility. Nothing!A dull diatribe invoking could it be / perhaps not characters, entirely without any compelling force. This should have been shit hot, firework of a read, instead it was a rained on pizzle of a sparkler.http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016...

  • Bialey
    2019-01-27 19:01

    As a carer of a relative with early stage but advancing dementia, I could relate to this. A good light hearted read, had me belly laughing at many of the scenes of the senile Putin. I wonder whether he's read it?

  • Petra Donatz
    2019-02-12 16:03

    KlappentextWir schreiben das Jahr 2035: Putin vegetiert in seiner Datsche unweit von Moskau vor sich hin. Vor sechs Jahren hat man ihn in Rente geschickt, doch Putin ist senil und glaubt noch immer, im Amt zu sein. In Putins Hofstaat ist sein Altenpfleger Nikolai der einzige ehrliche Mensch. Allerorten wird geklaut und betrogen. Der demente Putin liebt nach wie vor die Publicity und wird von seinem Nachfolger Lebedew regelmäßig der Presse vorgeführt. Das bringt Chaos mit sich, denn Putin hält Lebedew für seinen Finanzminister. In allem steht Altenpfleger Nikolai treu zu seinem Schützling – bis Nikolais Neffe wegen geäußerter Kritik an der Regierung im Gefängnis landet. Nikolai muss helfen – und braucht dafür sehr schnell sehr viel Geld …Der AutorMichael Honig ist ein ehemaliger Arzt, der mit Ehefrau und Sohn in London lebt. Für seinen satirischen Debütroman "Goldblatt's Descent", der über das britische Gesundheitssystem handelt und 2013 bei Atlantic Books erschien, heimste er in seiner britischen Heimat bereits viel Lob ein. Mit der Politsatire "Mächtig senil" erscheint Honig erstmals auf Deutsch.Meine MeinungStoryRussland 2035 der mittlerweile 70 jährige Wladimir Putin lebt auf einer seiner Datschas, umgeben von einem Stab Helfer, die sich alle um das Wohl der ehemaligen Präsidenten kümmern. Während Putin noch viele Ereignisse aus seinem Leben weiß, so vergisst er aber alles, was gerade passiert, denn Putin leidet an Amnesie. Keine leichte Aufgabe für Nikolai dem persönlichen Pfleger von Putin. Was auf den ersten Blick als eine würdige Maßnahme aussieht um dem ehemaligen Präsidenten einen ruhigen Lebensabend zu ermöglichen, entpuppt sich aus den zweiten Blich als ein Morast der Korruption. Jeder Mitarbeiter hat sein eigenes Süppchen am Kochen. Alle hoffen, das Putin noch lange lebt. dass man sich weiter bereichern kann. Alle bis auf den grundehrlichen Nikolei, doch dann braucht Nikolei dringen viel Geld, und das schnell und das Abenteuer beginnt.SchreibstilDas Buch ist einfach zu lesen und wird weitgehend aus der Sicht von Nikolai erzählt. An einigen Stellen ist es hilfreich ein wenig die russische Geschichte zu kennen um zu verstehen, wenn Putin meint, wenn er aus der Vergangenheit redet. So wird z.B Boris Jelzin, ehemaliger Präsident vor Putin, nur Boris Nickolajewisch genannt .CharaktereDer Autor hat die Charaktere sehr gut beschrieben, insbesondere die Krankheit von Putin. Sehr gut kann man nachvollziehen, was für eine Belastung, ja gar Gefahr von dieser Krankheit ausgeht, nicht nur für den Patienten auch für die Angehörigen.FazitDas Buch soll eine Satire sein, aber lustig ist das Buch eigentlich nicht. .Es ist eher als eine Anklageschrift an Putin zu sehen. Putin der eins angetreten ist um die Korruption in seinem Land zu bekämpfen, hat genau das Gegenteil bewirkt und er mischt selber kräftig mit. Mittlerweile ist die Korruption für die Russen so selbstverständlich wie Steuer zahlen. Der Autor hat das Buch unter einem Pseudonym geschrieben, was auf Grund der Geschichte auch verständlich ist. Sicher mag es an einigen Stellen übertreiben wirken aber das Buch gibt schon einen Einblick in das russischen Leben. Das Ende des Buches ist etwas unkonventionell und lässt Fragen offen, spätestens hier merkt man was der Autor mit dem Buch über den Weg der Satire erreichen will.Das Buch bekommt gute fünf von fünf Leseratten/ Sterne von mir und eine Leseempfehlung.

  • Zach
    2019-01-24 16:23

    Interesting premise, middling execution. Predictable and thinly plotted.

  • Doug Leveridge
    2019-02-12 19:58

    I was given an advance proof copy of this book, as a reader.Quite a clever idea, and I can see potential for a movie. A caregiver looks after the befuddled ex-President Putin in his luxurious dacha outside Moscow, oblivious to the scale and insidious nature of the corruption surrounding him. His naivete is shattered when his nephew is imprisoned for publishing an anti-government online blog, and the only solution seems to be massive bribes to a judge presiding over the case. The story hinges on the dilemma facing the caregiver - how far will he go to secure dismissal of the charges, and his realisation of the extent of graft going on all around him. A nicely told story, with vivid characters, and a large cast of villainous lackeys all round.

  • Tiff
    2019-02-21 23:28

    Recieved an ARC copy from Goodreads Giveaways.Interesting enough for me to get through the first 100 or so pages.I'm not well-versed in the real history behind the satire, and that may be why the amusement I got from the story was minimal. I liked the characters well enough, and it wasn't written in a way that made it hard to follow or boring.I just couldn't find any angle of the plotline that was intriguing to the point where I wanted to get through 200 more pages just it see what happened.

  • Caroline
    2019-02-19 16:58

    A very good concept, but the idea of Putin with dementia revisiting his crimes doesn't develop in the first fifty pages. The summary says it will show the testing of his male nurse, one of the few uncorrupted people in view, but by chance I just finished a masterful version of that theme (The beautyful ones are not yet born) and this flat innocent doesn't even get out of the gate in comparison.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2019-02-03 20:13

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  • !Tæmbuŝu
    2019-02-12 15:02

    Reviewed by The Guardian (12 Mar 2016)

  • Hugh Roberts
    2019-02-01 16:12

    Every now and again you buy a book and almost immediately after a couple of pages you say to yourself, oh dear why? But then you persevere because you bought it after all and 'waste not want not'. This was still a pretty daft plot and probably owes more to wishful thinking than anything else, but at last about half way through, it did get me thinking. Vladimir P is one person who currently personifies power and its ruthless pursuit. So the examination of its loss is an interesting subject and one which probably deserves more serious treatment. But why not the slightly frivolous as well? This book does just that. Perhaps that demonstrates one further indignity of losing power, the fact that people pick over your entrails taking you for granted while still in full sight as they pass. Humanity is pretty grubby and this book with its clever play on using watches as the symbol of tribute from the less to the more powerful is quite a clever metaphor for more sinister forms of power broking. The subject also deserves treatment at a more serious level as the psychology of sycophants to the powerful shifts from cringeing and crawling to gradual exploitation of their own re-gained influence and self respect. Anyone seen an example of this elsewhere? an eventual biography of Robert Mugabe or Kim Jong Un perhaps? Or someone much closer to the home of many subscribers to Goodreads?!

  • Bill Berger
    2019-02-15 20:08

    An interesting idea of an old, demented Vladimir Putin, chasing Chechnyan ghost. He looked after by the only honest man in Russia and he is faced with a family dilemma, forcing him too be become dishonest. The Putin interfaces are humorous but the nurse being taken in by the thieves left me with a hollow feeling - he deserved bettter.

  • Kylie Kilmer
    2019-02-18 21:05

    The plot line is creative, and the relativity to current world affairs made this an interesting read. Only 3 stars due to editing concerns (one of the pages repeated) and the simplicity of the writing, which left me feeling like my inner voice was "choppy."

  • Maria Francescon
    2019-02-21 21:59

    Comic, but more frustrating, particularly on the eve of a new president Trump, this book was a page turner. Reminded me of The Good Soldier Švejk in the many ways.

  • J.T.
    2019-01-23 15:03

    DNFed, will reread later. / Я не дочитала эту книгу, но перечитаю её позже.(as of 6/26/17)

  • Joanna Paleta
    2019-02-03 19:22

    Bored me to death, didn't finish it, 'cause I felt like it would be just a waste of time.

  • Patti
    2019-02-07 17:11

    This book has a great premise (though a dreadful title). It sucked me into its nightmare world of 21st century (past and future) Russian corruption. With flashes of "The Idiot" and "Brothers Karamazov" the story winds around a truly honest man and his awakening. The pessimism is unrelenting. I felt the book could benefit from a HEAVY dose of judicious editing. Found myself skimming paragraphs as the author hammered home his point over and over again...

  • Jijo
    2019-02-04 17:09

    The story is set in future, where Vladimir Putin is no longer the president of United States Russia who is left at the mercy of unassuming honest care giver! This book tells the story of how an honest man navigates through the Russia that the man he cares for has created.A good read. Funny most of the time and very relatable.

  • George
    2019-01-22 21:09

    Easy to read and thought provoking.

  • Matt
    2019-02-09 21:06

    I'm not sure what it was about this book, but I kept conjuring books that were not this one, alternate imagined storylines that well, were the storylines that didn't happen. I think some of them might have been more interesting-- VP becomes head mafioso in the struggle between cook and housekeeper-- and others less so, where we come to know and love the hardcase the VP was in the moments before he dies.Instead, this is, well, a really good patch on a traditional Russian novel, full of self-reflection on a grand scale, lots of sweeping statements about Russia, and only a few less about immortal souls. it's not as good as Dostoyevsky in his prime, but well, it's dealing with some differently debauched material. The narrator at the center is maybe also too flat in his goodness, not strange enough. But there's enough here to like. It really makes you feel something for the state of those in Russia today and their slim hopes of living a moral life.

  • Mark Day
    2019-01-25 21:03

    Very few books make my favorites list, but The Senility of Vladimir P. offered up everything I look for in a novel. This satire is intelligent, amusing, dark and angry. The novel sheds light on the enigma of Vladimir Putin's Russia by looking back from the future and examining the ramifications of his leadership. The last 100 years of Russian history have been dramatic, from the Russian revolution to the dissolution of the USSR, but what is happening today under Putin's leadership is hard to fathom from a western viewpoint. This satire offers an interesting perspective that left me feeling both enlightened and uncomfortable that it reflects much more than a kernel of truth.

  • Jason McKinney
    2019-02-12 16:00

    Somewhat of a disappointment. I thought the first half of this was really good, even though the characters were a little underwritten. Things fall a little flat in the second half and the ending is somewhat disappointing as well. The main problem is with the tone. The plot starts out as a satire, then veers into somewhat of a milquetoast morality play, finally ending with a bit of violent farce. Though the premise pays off some dividends, I felt like such a killer concept could have been better executed.

  • Sappho
    2019-02-20 16:19

    Clever satire/allegory/speculative fiction. The author pulls no punches when it comes to Russia's current socioeconomic state and it's leader's gullibility. And, although, he points his finger at the politicians who nurtured corruption throughtout the "onslaught" of capitalism, Honig is equally merciless against the citizens of the country that, in this book at least, exists purely to serve its state of corruption.An enjoyable, adequately thought-provoking read.

  • Carol
    2019-02-19 19:05

    Russia has held strong interest for me, an effect of the Cold War, I suppose, to the point I studied the Russian language. Once the Soviet Union was no more, I expected a form of democracy to emerge in Russia but I did not expect Vladimir Putin. Here, author Michael Honig gives us a glimpse into the control of Putin, now, and twenty years in the future while under the throes of dementia. Putin's legacy continues in this novel of bizarre intrigue.

  • ACampagna
    2019-02-04 19:05

    Bon livre. Pour sa démonstration des travers humains où qu'ils soient. Légère déception pour l'amateur de politique internationale.

  • David
    2019-02-01 22:58

    A few years in the future Vladimir Putin, suffering from dementia, is cared for by who appears to be the only incorruptible person in Russia. A biting satire makes one wonder if this is what Putin's Russia is really like. Fairly straightforward story, fast moving, keeps one's interest.

  • Deb
    2019-02-18 15:59

    A comedy, tragedy, drama with a slapstick caper borne from a family crisis. I didn't NOT like it, but it would be hard to recommend unless you had a particular interest in the corrupt pop-culture of Russian society.

  • Lois Plale
    2019-02-17 17:16

    Twenty or so years in the future. Vladimir Putin has dementia and the lives of those around him who are caring for him reflect the conditions that his time as president of Russia had created - ethically, morally, economically, and culturally bankrupt.

  • Johan Simons
    2019-02-03 23:17

    The Senility of Vladimir P (Michael Honig), 8: 2036, the nurse of the corrupt ex-president & only honest man in Russia in a black satire.

  • Bialey
    2019-02-20 22:04

    A political satire, entertaining. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it

  • Andrea Santucci
    2019-02-06 20:17

    Una di quelle rare volte in cui vorrei poter aggiungere una mezza stellina al mio voto.