By Lev Golinkin
A compelling tale of 2 intertwined trips: a Jewish refugee relatives fleeing persecution and a tender guy looking to reclaim a shattered prior. within the twilight of the chilly conflict (the past due 1980s), nine-year previous Lev Golinkin and his kinfolk move the Soviet border with merely ten suitcases, $600, and the obscure promise of aid anticipating 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 knowing his past.
Lev Golinkin's memoir is the shiny, darkly comedian, and poignant tale of a tender boy within the complicated and infrequently chilling ultimate decade of the Soviet Union. it is also the tale of Lev Golinkin, the yankee guy who ultimately confronts his buried prior via returning to Austria and jap 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 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 grand feat—and it marks the debut of a fiercely clever, defiant, and unforgettable new voice.
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