Alexander J. Motyl, American professor of Ukrainian origin, as well as a writer and painter, to present a new satiric book bout Russian President Putin called “VOVOCHKA: The True Confessions of Vladimir Putin’s Best Friend and Confidant”. The presentation to take place November 1, in Chicago, VIDIA.
Together with his just-released satirical novel, professor will discuss Ukraine, Russia, and Putin–in light of current events.
The book depicts Vladimir Putin within his phantasmagoric world: a mixture of Orthodoxy, socialism, imperialism, racism, homophobia, and Mother Russia worship, which defines and distorts the reality. This is the story of “Vovochka” Putin and his intimate friend, KGB agent with the same nickname. They recruit informers in Berlin’s gay bars, spy on East German dissidents, survive the trauma of the Soviet Union’s collapse, fight American, Ukrainian, Jewish, and Estonian “fascists,” and plot to restore Russia’s power and glory. As their mindset assumes increasingly bizarre forms, Vovochka Putin experiences bouts of self-doubt that culminate in a weeklong cure in North Korea.
This book demonstrates the evolution from a minor spy to the self-styled Savior and leader of a paranoid state.