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Twelve stories of Russia : a novel, I guess

Author: A J Perry
Publisher: Moscow : Glas, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What is the book about? Twelve Stories of Russia: A Novel, I guess is about an American who moves to Moscow in 1991 - just before the fall of the Iron Curtain - to help Russians understand the difference between the and a. In his quest he is witness to an unsuccessful coup, an even-less-successful rebellion, rampant inflation, unprecedented social, economic and political change, Mafia infighting, and a host of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A J Perry
ISBN: 1566634105 9781566634106 5717200552 9785717200554
OCLC Number: 55139520
Description: 447 pages ; 20 cm
Responsibility: A.J. Perry.

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When a young American moves to Moscow in 1991, he brings with him scant knowledge of the country. In his discovery of Russia he witnesses an unsuccessful coup, an even less successful rebellion,  Read more...

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Glas has become almost disturbingly indispensable. The texts and voices out of Russia come through with formidable insistence.--George Steiner

 
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