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Publisher's Summary

The Suitcase is an intensely human, delightfully ironic novel from "the finest Soviet satirist to appear in English since Vladimir Voinovich." Sergei Dovlatov's subtle, dark-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 worn-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 short-lived acting career - share space with neon-green crepe socks, reminders of a failed black-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 Léger. This audiobooks is narrated by the famous Russian actor Maxim Vitorgan, in Russian.

Please note: this audiobook is in Russian.
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Мастерски описанная советская жизнь

Забавная и одновременно немного грустная история. Книга вызвала ностальгию. Талантливо написана. Довлатов - мастер живо и ярко описывать персонажей и ситуации.

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Amazing book! Amazing performance!

Очень смешно история рассказывается и описывается, много ностальгического, очень яркая и замечательная книга. Теплая, уникальная и очень интересная.
Книга озвучена ПОТРЯСАЮЩЕ и на браво !

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The narrator is horrendous.

The prose is marred by an awful narrator. The inflections, the 'voices' ... Pompous and false.

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