|Original title||Русская красавица|
Published in English
|Preceded by||Life with an Idiot|
|Followed by||In the Labyrinth of Accursed Questions|
Russian Beauty was released in Russia in 1990, and then translated into more than 20 languages. It was published in France under the name « La Belle de Moscou » ("Moscow Beauty") in 1991, and in English one year later.
Beautiful and utterly perfect Irina Tarakanova relates the story of the erotic odyssey that takes her from a passionate adventure with the father of her unborn child to caring lesbian affairs with her best friend. She tells the story of her life, mostly about her sexuality and erotic actions in a very excessive way.
In 1992, the British newspaper The Independent called Erofeyev "the exuberant new iconoclast of Russian literature." Noting the novel's sexual frankness, the paper added, "Victor Erofeyev's book, Russian Beauty, gives new impact to the phrase 'the Russians are coming'."
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The novel was filmed by an Italian producer but was considered by the author as "unsuccessful".