New PDF release: A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir

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By Lev Golinkin

"[A] hilarious and heartbreaking tale of a Jewish family’s break out from oppression."--The manhattan Times

A compelling tale of 2 intertwined trips: a Jewish refugee kin fleeing persecution and a tender guy trying to reclaim a shattered previous. within the twilight of the chilly struggle (the past due 1980s), nine-year outdated Lev Golinkin and his relatives go the Soviet border with basically ten suitcases, $600, and the obscure promise of support looking ahead to in Vienna.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 technique, achieve a destiny by way of realizing his past.

Lev Golinkin's memoir is the brilliant, 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 yankee guy who eventually confronts his buried prior through returning to Austria and japanese Europe to trace down the strangers who made his break out 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 background is greater than a memoir—it's a portrait of a misplaced period. it is a exciting story of get away 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 hunt for belonging. Lev Golinkin achieves an awesome feat—and it marks the debut of a fiercely clever, defiant, and unforgettable new voice.

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