Sergei Dovlatov: The Suitcase

Review: One suitcase, eight stories – each representing the bizarre events behind a certain item belonging to a Soviet émigré as well as depicting life in the USSR from the 1960s to 1980s.

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Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen: Rabbit Back Literature Society

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Rabbit Back Literature Society. The whimsical cover had comments such as “unnerving, enigmatic”, “unexpected, thrilling and absurd” and “a lobster pot of a book”. Rabbit Back Literature Society was written by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen and translated from Finnish by Lola Rogers. That it was published by one of my favourite publishers, Pushkin…

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Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

Where does one start? The Master and Margarita – written by Russian novelist, playwright and doctor, Mikhail Bulgakov, is considered to be one of the literary masterpieces of the 20th century. Bulgakov worked on this novel from 1928 through to 1940, the year he passed away following an inherited kidney disorder. A satirical portrayal of Russia during the…

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