The Suitcase

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Grove Weidenfeld, 1990 - Fiction - 128 pages
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Tells the stories behind eight seemingly unimportant possessions brought to the U.S. by a Russian emigrant

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User Review  - jsoos - LibraryThing

a collection of short stories highlighting the depressing life led in a former SSR, each story brought about via the memories of an item packed away long ago as part of the author's emigration from Estonia. Some good satire, but overall, not as well written as "the Compromise" Read full review

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User Review  - shawnd - LibraryThing

If Dovlatov was a worse writer and the plot less interesting, this might be considered a dry, ham-handed approach to a memoir. However, Dovlatov, a master of presentation, provides a wonderful ... Read full review

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About the author (1990)

Dovlatov, who studied at Leningrad University, worked for a while as a journalist in Tallinn, Estonia. His fiction was unpublished in the Soviet Union, but he was active in unofficial literary life and was forced to leave in 1978 for publishing satirical fiction in Samizdat. After settling in the United States, he co-founded a Russian-language newspaper, worked as a broadcaster for Radio Liberty in New York City, and published both in major Russian emigre publications and in the U.S. press (he wrote short stories for The New Yorker). Among his books, known for their irreverent views of Soviet reality, are the autobiographical The Compromise (1981) and Ours (1983). When Dovlatov died, his works were being reissued and favorably received in Russia.

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