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The Suitcase

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.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: July/Aug 2011