By Lev Golinkin
A compelling tale of 2 intertwined trips: a Jewish refugee relations fleeing persecution and a tender guy trying to reclaim a shattered earlier. within the twilight of the chilly battle (the past due 1980s), nine-year outdated Lev Golinkin and his relations go the Soviet border with merely ten suitcases, $600, and the obscure promise of aid looking forward to in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now an American grownup, units out to retrace his family's lengthy trek, find the strangers who fought for his freedom, and within the procedure, achieve a destiny by way of figuring out his past.
Lev Golinkin's memoir is the vibrant, darkly comedian, and poignant tale of a tender boy within the complicated and sometimes chilling ultimate decade of the Soviet Union. it is also the tale of Lev Golinkin, the yank guy who ultimately confronts his buried earlier through returning to Austria and japanese Europe to trace down the strangers who made his get away attainable . . . and say thanks. Written with biting, acerbic wit and emotional honesty within the vein of Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Safran Foer, and David Bezmozgis, Golinkin's look for own identification set opposed to the relentless currents of historical past is greater than a memoir—it's a portrait of a misplaced period. it is a exciting story of break out and survival, a deeply own examine the lifetime of a Jewish baby stuck within the final gasp of the Soviet Union, and a provocative research into the facility of hatred and the quest for belonging. Lev Golinkin achieves an grand feat—and it marks the debut of a fiercely clever, defiant, and unforgettable new voice.
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A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin