Counterpoint LLC, Paperback, 9781582437330, 136pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
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.
Solomon Volkov is the award-winning author of several notable books about Russian culture, including "St. Petersburg: A Cultural History" and "Shostakovich and Stalin," published worldwide. After moving to the United States from the Soviet Union, he became a cultural commentator for Voice of America and later for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, broadcasting to the USSR (and later, Russia), where he discussed contemporary artistic developments in his former homeland. He lives in New York City with his wife, Marianna.
The prizewinning translator Antonina W. Bouis is known for her work with contemporary Russian literature.
Praise for The Suitcase
"Dovlatov's writing is simple but witty, with a hint of nostalgia . . . His tales open a small window on to daily life in the former Soviet Union." The Observer