The Suitcase
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Sergei Dovlatov's subtle, darkâ€"edged humor and wry observations are in full force in The Suitcase as he examines eight objects -- the items he brought with him in his luggage upon his emigration from the U.S.S.R. These seemingly undistinguished possessions, stuffed into a wornâ€"out suitcase, take on a riotously funny life of their own as Dovlatov inventories the circumstances under which he acquired them, occasioning a brilliant series of interconnected tales: A poplin shirt evokes the bittersweet story of a courtship and marriage, while a pair of boots (of the kind only the Nomenklatura can afford) calls up the hilarious conclusion to an official banquet. Some driving gloves -- remnants of Dovlatov's shortâ€"lived acting career -- share space with neonâ€"green crepe socks, reminders of a failed blackâ€"market scam. And in curious juxtaposition, the belt from a prison guard's uniform lies next to a stained jacket that once belonged to Fernand LĂ©ger.

Imbued with a comic nostalgia overlaid with Dovlatov's characteristically dry wit, The Suitcase is an intensely human, delightfully ironic novel from "the finest Soviet satirist to appear in English since Vladimir Voinovich."
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    • First Edition
    • Apr-2011
    • Counterpoint LLC
    • Trade Paperback
    • ISBN: 1582437335
    • ISBN13: 9781582437330
    • Mar-2011
    • Oneworld Classics
    • Trade Paperback
    • ISBN: 1847491782
    • ISBN13: 9781847491787
    • Jan-2013
    • Alma Books Ltd
    • Paperback
    • ISBN: 1847492797
    • ISBN13: 9781847492791
    • Jan-1990
    • Grove Press
    • Hardcover
    • ISBN: 0802112463
    • ISBN13: 9780802112460
    • Apr-2011
    • Counterpoint
    • eBook
    • ISBN: 1582438838
    • ISBN13: 9781582438832
    • Apr-2011
    • Counterpoint
    • eBook (Kindle)

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