Smile! Books that lift your spirits

Are they promising rain again? We meet him fully armed - with a book that knows how to laugh, cheer up and make him think about something important.

Mikhail Weller "Legends of Nevsky Prospect"

Collection of short stories, 1993

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Mikhail Weller "Legends of Nevsky Prospect"

The stories and jokes about the most variegated people that once inhabited Leningrad are ridiculous on the verge of black humor, and nostalgic, and "inconvenient" with perennial questions about human nature and its purpose. The military, the engineers, the fartsovschiki, the servants, the ambulance doctors, the ladies of easy virtue and the respectable mothers of families are all like Gogol’s: whoever you will meet on Nevsky Prospect!

If you have ever managed to live a beautiful life, write to me and I will pay the contract price for the recipe, otherwise old age is near

Tatyana Tolstaya "Kys"

Roman, 2000

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Tatyana Tolstaya "Kys"

The dystopia describing Moscow and Russia as a whole after a nuclear war is full of sarcasm, irony, satire, even the language of the heroes is rude and caricatured. The centuries-old culture accumulated by mankind, almost by all who survived, is forgotten, and its place is taken by superstition, conjecture, fed by fear and ignorance.Priar Benedict is a young representative of the "intelligentsia" of a new, mutated world. He eagerly reads, rewrites many books from the heritage of the past, but all his efforts to comprehend swallowed information are fruitless.

Where do we go? - forward. When you walk down the street, will you back up? No, you will look ahead. Why are the eyes on the forehead and not on the bottom, right? Nature makes us an indication

Alexey Ivanov “Geographer drank a globe”

Roman, 1995

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Alexey Ivanov “Geographer drank a globe”

According to the keen observation of fans of the book, geography teacher Viktor Sluzhkin is a hero and antihero of our time. This is an infantile, unsettled in life, always postponing important decisions for later, but not losing faith in people, a rude romantic with the nature of an artist, a discoverer. The author has endowed Sluzhkin with a "toothed" sense of humor and self-irony, thanks to which it is so interesting to experience everything that happens to an ideal teacher and his students from the 9th grade parallel: "red professorship", "sonderkommanda" and "fathers".

Honest is good to be only because they believe when you lie

Hugh Laurie "Gunsman"

Roman, 1996

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Hugh Laurie "Gunsman"

The novel in the comedy action genre is the debut and so far the only book by Dr. House, the famous British actor Hugh Laurie. Hugh composed it almost in dispute with his best friend - actor and writer Steven Fry. The novel was appreciated by readers and critics, the rights to film it were bought. The hero of the book, Thomas Lang, a former military man, earns the livelihood of a "lousy work" bodyguard. Accidentally learning about the forthcoming contract killing, Thomas decides to warn the victim, falls into trouble and falls in love at the same time, and sometimes helps him out only by the ability to laugh at himself and circumstances.

You will forgive my typical British cynicism, but do not you think that we are dealing here with a situation from the category of “I knew that you would say this”?

Sophie Kinsella "The Girl and the Ghost"

Roman, 2009

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Sophie Kinsella "The Girl and the Ghost"

A book with which it will be pleasant to spend time at the dacha, sighing and laughing along with her charming and slightly naive heroine. Lara is experiencing a hard break with the boyfriend, and the taste for life returns to her ... the eccentric and wayward ghost of her great-aunt. The ghost suits his granddaughter with a real quest: to find the missing decoration,learn how to dance charleston, try on an image in the style of the 1920s ... As she completes her tasks, Lara finds herself in the most incredible situations, but eventually finds happiness and becomes wiser.

How nice to tell people good news! Carry joy and happiness. That is why all night I sent messages to friends and acquaintances with amazing news: Josh and I were reunited! I also informed his friends whose phone numbers were found in the notebook. And the guy from the "Pizza Call" (It was not worth it. But he was glad for me anyway)

Slava Se "Plumber, his cat, wife and other details"

Collection of stories, 2010

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Slava Se "Plumber, his cat, wife and other details"

“The best medicine for the blues and depression” - the inscription on the cover of this book reads a little immodestly, but perhaps you should not dispute the loud title. From the stories of Slava Se, a popular LJ blogger who “grew up” to a writer, it’s impossible to break away, and you’d like to pull away almost everything from quotes. Household and family troubles, life observations of "the only plumber in the Baltic States playing in the academic theater" are described by him philosophically and with merciless humor.

It was full of raisins, a vineyard was, and not a girl

Narine Abgaryan "Manyunya"

The Tale, 2010

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Narine Abgaryan "Manyunya"

In the book, which is addressed to adults who have not forgotten what it feels like to be children, a lot of sun and good laughter. The stories that happen to the girl Manyunya and her friend Nara make them clutch their stomachs (just don’t burst out laughing) and think of the adventures of Denis Korablev, Peppi Longstocking or Emile from Lenneberg. The only one who can besiege the tomboy with pigtails is Ba, grandmother Manyuni, formidable, but fair. Welcome to the bright and happy country of childhood!

- Where are your parents looking? - the aunty in a crimson panama was indignant.

- They look the other way, because they are ashamed that we are their children.



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