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A Record of Interesting Choices: Tales of a Post-Soviet Man in the West [Kindle Edition]

Vadim Jigoulov
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Book Description

“A Record of Interesting Choices: Tales of a Post-Soviet Man in the West” is a collection of entertaining and irreverent stories from a Russian immigrant living in the US. With his characteristic sarcasm and at times warm tone, Jigoulov writes on religion in America, the importance of German erotica in the Soviet space, the world of espionage, and the secrets of the Russian soul.

Jigoulov reminiscences on growing up in the Soviet Union, his experiences in the Soviet intelligence services, and his involvement with American religious groups in Russia and the US. He also shares his humorous anecdotes of survival as an immigrant. After living in the US for over twenty years, the author reflects back at his life in the Soviet Union as a Westerner and writes about it in the language that would appeal to American readers.

Vadim Jigoulov, native of Kostroma, Russia, has been living in the US since 1993. After getting his PhD in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan, he currently teaches at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dast Ist Fantastisch!!! April 22, 2014
By Amp
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Reading this book aloud to a friend on a roadtrip made the trip go by much faster. I only wish I could hear the author tell the stories in his own voice. They are hilarious!

My favorite stories so far: The super important conversation intercepted over Christmas by the KGB, and how Perestroika ushered into a previously isolated culture the hysterical German erotica that involves pineapples, among other things.

Anyone, from any background, will enjoy reading this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, funny read April 24, 2014
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The book chronicles tales of the author's life - from Kostroma in the USSR to the US - with use of entertaining essay-chapters. Some chapters are about various episodes in Jigoulov's life, while others contain broader commentaries on the baffling and hilarious absurdities of different cultures, including Soviet, post-Soviet, and American (from the Bible Belt to academia). There are witty gems in each chapter (and in the chapter titles), but the larger narrative of how Jigoulov came to the US and what he made of capitalism and southern religion is highly entertaining as well. Chapter 18 ("You will see the country!!") was one of my favorites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a break and read it! May 7, 2014
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Easily the most fun you'll have with a book lately. Great story telling meets totally intriguing and heartfelt reflection. Soviet era life from an extremely witty and industrious young man destined to tell the world of his adventures. Guarantee you'll enjoy.
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By James
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This is a highly entertaining read. I laughed out loud in nearly every chapter. In addition to being funny, the book also provides a lot of interesting anecdotal evidence about how the Soviets viewed the West. It is definitely worth purchasing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the purchase September 30, 2014
By chad
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Humorous look into the differences between growing up in the USSR and America. Highly addictive, read the entire book in an afternoon.
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Vadim Jigoulov grew up in the Soviet Union. In 1993, he immigrated to the US. After receiving a PhD in History from the University of Michigan, he moved to Baltimore, MD, where he teaches at a local university and enjoys spending time with his family.


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