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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 USSR 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 L GerImbued 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

10 thoughts on “Чемодан

  1. says:

    The Suitcase was a book assigned to me to read for my Soviet Russia history course, alongside a large couple of weeks we spent covering the Era of Stagnation I still can t completely understand how this book connects to that Anyway, The Suitcase is a fun look through simple prose at a life through various neglected objects which were gathered over the years by our ex Soviet main character, who has recently made his way to New York City with only a single suitcase of belongings, which he promptly shoves in his closet and forgets Later, as he goes into this suitcase to reexamine the belongings of his past, we as readers get a glimpse back at pre Gorbachev Soviet dysfunction in a system which never seemed to get anybody anywhere hey, maybe that s how this book connects to the Era of Stagnation beyond simply featuring vignettes set in it In spite of the depressing themes, Dovlatov is able to share his book with a strong underlying sense of humour and even nostalgia at times, nostalgia for a period that, in spite of its vast imperfections, still held the same basic memories that we all share the whole world over, from family life to dream careers The book s vignette format also helps to keep the story going at a good pace from one section to the next, without stagnating pardon the pun in one place too long Definitely one of the better modern Russian novels my professor has assigned this term.

  2. says:

    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.

  3. says:

    What a great writer Funny, melancholic and sharp Paints a fascinating picture of Soviet St Petersburg in presumably the early 60s Runner up to my favourite Russian writer Konstantin Paustovsky I will have to read all of Dovlatov s translated material.

  4. says:

    A collection of stories connected by items in a suitcase things our narrator brought with him upon emigrating from the USSR Who the he is, exactly, is a bit curious While billed as a novel, our narrator seems to be Dovlatov himself, though when contrasted with what is known of his life, it doesn t hold up as firm autobiography, nor as complete fiction hovering in that all too familiar place of half truth.It becomes clear each item in the suitcase has outgrown its usefulness, the suitcase having been long buried in a closet and rediscovered only when a child pulls it out The things are shuffled through and kept, not because they re needed and it forces one to consider what items truly are, for that matter but because of the memories they trigger, or the great personal cost it took to acquire them.The stories shift from being darkly comic to simply dark as time goes on, and while the narrative isn t strictly chronological, it does move vaguely from youth to jobs, marriage, children, emigration If you re looking for political commentary, it only holds so much Dovlatov, or at least the Dovlatov of the book, openly admits that he s not the type to make a fuss and tends to accept things in a matter of fact way He s happy to point out flaws in the system, and even to maneuver around them, but isn t the slashing tires, starting fires sort of guy The only fault was simply that I wanted , but from what I ve seen, Dovlatov seems to be a devotee of shorter works, which our 200 page limit book club that I read this for has truly given me an appreciation for Considering how many of the big Russians of literature are long winded, I can appreciate someone who goes down as easy as vodka for the characters in The Suitcase, that is For me, it d be whiskey I left my taste for vodka back in college Though I admit this made me briefly reconsider.

  5. says:

    In these stories, Dovlatov describes the contents of the suitcase he brought out of the USSR in the eighties, containing the whole of his most precious possessions a belt, a shirt The stories of the book remind me in a certain way of those in Primo Levi s The Periodic Table based on various chemical elements I think they re haunting in the same way, though Levi s tone is tender and brave, assured, where Dovlatov s very Russian, contemporary voice is hilarious, self deprecating, self implicating, pathetic and honest as he unfolds the chaos of life in the USSR via these shabby, everyday Soviet possessions.

  6. says:

    I hope to one day be able to read everything Dovlatov has written There is such biting humor in his reality All ruined peoples are twinsWe greeted each other She asked, They say you ve become a writer I was bewildered I wasn t prepared for the question to be put that way Had she asked, Are you a genius I would have answered calmly and affirmatively All my friends bore the burden of genius They called themselves geniuses But calling yourself a writer was much harder.I said, I write to amuse myself

  7. says:

    When you have to go on a trip and there is no way you can bring your current reading material with you because it weighs a ton and is basically a brick , one has to choose an alternative book In the spirit of the book club meeting that I had to miss because of the same trip, I picked up Dovlatov s The Suitcase His suitcase unlike mine was packed with weird assortment of objects, each worth a story Through 8 stories, we get to discover fragments of Dovlatov s life in USSR before he emigrated to the US Although I m not a fan of short stories or is it supposed to be regarded as a novel , the concept of the collection kinda brought it home for me I really enjoyed Dovlatov s witty writing, nostalgic reflections and humor I did laugh out loud on an airplane By the end of the book, I unwillingly started to think what weird objects I could put in a suitcase to tell the story of my life When reading the stories, I also realized that some of this material is used in the recently released movie on Dovlatov my first encounter with this Russian author Additional fun fact he mentions Latvians at least twice and it s interesting to see how we were perceived in those days elegant Latvian men, really.

  8. says:

    If you re looking for a dry, sarcastic humor in a fast paced and funny novel , this is your book Though it is called a novel , it is hard to believe the book isn t almost entirely non fiction.Set in the Soviet Union, the bitter humorous acceptance of the failures of Communism makes for great short chapters and stories of life within a failing system, lubricated heavily with vodka and other alcohol.The story starts with the author s son finding an old suitcase in his closet in America Inside are a handful of crappy, seemingly useless items the author brought with him upon emigrating from the USSR The items create the basis for the short story chapters which tell how the items came in to the possession of the author But, the reality is, the book chapters are less about the items than the characters and tales that randomly surrounded their acquisition.The writer is great at dialogue among characters The humor and dry wit is hilarious and the author really captures the hopelessness of life in Communist system or at least within a somewhat crappy, but acceptable life The only shortcoming of the book is that it is simply too short Only 120 pages left me wanting The guy is outright funny and I wanted to hear of his tales of degradation, drunkeness, failed scams and the characters that surround his life.A great book for just about anybody Impossible not to get into this book Read and laugh.

  9. says:

    I don t get it I don t get it in the slightest.It s supposed to be funny I didn t see the fun.It s supposed to be super interesting Well, I was bored to the extent of almost falling asleep while reading.I hoped for 8 short stories that I could somehow understand instead I got a short book filled with nonsensical situations that almost no sense and made me think that there s simply too much vodka drinking going on.The Book Challengers blog The Book Challengers Instagram The Book Challengers Twitter

  10. says:

    What an excellent little collection of stories Funny, clever, full of irony, and a bit sad Can t believe I haven t read any Dovlatov until now