Rick Skwiot's Reviews > The Suitcase
Rick Skwiot's review
Aug 22, 2013
A funny, caustic, clever and perceptive insider’s view of Soviet Union dysfunction—and its dysfunctional, alcoholic people—crafted in a series of quasi-fictional vignettes by one of its victims. The book depicts the surreal, threadbare and hopeless lives of those cynically resigned to their dark fate in a corrupt and ill-conceived system that all strive to outwit, if only to get a free drink or warm hat. As Dovlatov writes: “Once I watched a documentary about Paris during the Occupation. Crowds of refugees streamed down the streets. I saw that all enslaved countries looked the same. All ruined peoples are twins…” Yet somehow the late Russian author was able to laugh about it, coldly.
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August 19, 2013 – Finished Reading
August 22, 2013 – Shelved