The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
by Sergei Dovlatov
One of the finest (and most overlooked) writers of the Soviet era, Sergei Dovlatov was a master of the short story. And this slim volume, a collection of stories revolving around the items in his sole allowed emigrant’s suitcase, is a masterpiece. Full of amiable charm and cutting satire, these eight tales are deceptively profound forays into the depths of the much-vaunted Russian soul.
Reviewed in Russian Life: July/Aug 2011