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Red Plenty

(2010)
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Strange as it may seem, the gray, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairy tale. It was built on the 20th-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.



Praise for this book

"A hammer-and-sickle version of Altman's Nashville, with central committees replacing country music . . . [Spufford] has one of the most original minds in contemporary literature." - Nick Hornby


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Hardback Editions

August 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: Red Plenty
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 0-571-22523-3 / 978-0-571-22523-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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Paperback Editions

February 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Red Plenty
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 1-55597-604-2 / 978-1-55597-604-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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July 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Red Plenty
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 0-571-22524-1 / 978-0-571-22524-8 (UK edition)
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October 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Red Plenty
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 1-5414-1500-0 / 978-1-5414-1500-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Title: Red Plenty
Author(s): Francis Spufford
ISBN: 1-5414-6500-8 / 978-1-5414-6500-8 (USA edition)
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October 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Red Plenty
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February 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Red Plenty
Author(s): Francis Spufford
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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August 2010 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Red Plenty
Author(s): Francis Spufford
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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