May 01, 2018

Is Everything Really Normal?

Andrei is, by his own admission, not really an idiot. “But neither was I not an idiot.” He is also not really Russian, and not really not Russian.

His family emigrated to the US from the USSR when he was six, and now he is a PhD postgrad in Russian literature, unable to find work. Which makes him open to his brother Dima’s request to go to Moscow on an open-ended stay, to look after their elderly grandmother.

Long separated from Russian reality, but well educated in Russian history and literature, and seemingly informed by western media, Andrei thinks he knows what to expect. But he soon finds that Russia is rather different from the inside looking in.

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