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The Suitcase by Sergei Dovlatov
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it was amazing

How do we remember our life? We have personal belongings and they are like milestones, and every personal thing is a memento. We look at them and we do recall…
“Everyone who leaves is allowed three suitcases. That’s the quota. A special regulation of the ministry…
A week later I was packing. As it turned out, I needed just a single suitcase.
I almost wept with self-pity. After all, I was thirty-six years old. Had worked eighteen of them. I earned money, bought things with it. I owned a certain amount, it seemed to me. And still I only needed one suitcase – and of rather modest dimensions at that.”
So Sergei Dovlatov is packing his suitcase and he starts remembering…
“The worst thing for a drunkard is to wake up in a hospital bed. Before you’re fully awake, you mutter, ‘That’s it! I’m through! For ever! Not another drop ever again!’
And suddenly you find a thick gauze bandage around your head. You want to touch it, but your left arm is in a cast. And so on.”
Then one day we pass away but our things remain. And our relatives and friends look at them and probably they start remembering too or probably they just throw them away.
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Reading Progress

June 14, 1993 – Started Reading
June 15, 1993 – Finished Reading
January 9, 2014 – Shelved

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