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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 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 Leger.

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."

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September 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Suitcase
Author(s): Sergei Dovlatov
ISBN: 0-8021-1246-3 / 978-0-8021-1246-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Pr
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Paperback Editions

January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Suitcase (Alma Classics)
Author(s): Sergei Dovlatov
ISBN: 1-84749-279-7 / 978-1-84749-279-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Alma Classics
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Suitcase: A Novel
Author(s): Sergei Dovlatov
ISBN: 1-58243-733-5 / 978-1-58243-733-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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March 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Suitcase (Oneworld Classics)
Author(s): Sergei Dovlatov
ISBN: 1-84749-178-2 / 978-1-84749-178-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Classics Ltd
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Kindle Editions

October 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Suitcase (Alma Classics)
Author(s): Sergei Dovlatov
Publisher: Alma Books
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April 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Suitcase: A Novel
Author(s): Sergei Dovlatov
Publisher: Counterpoint
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