The Compromise

The Compromise

Based on Dovlatov's experiences as a journalist in the Soviet Republic of Estonia, this is an acidly comic picture of ludicrous bureaucratic ineptitude, which obviously still continues....

Title:The Compromise
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780897333535
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    The Compromise Reviews

  • Sue

    A very different read than my usual book. This is a collection of newspaper articles written in Estonia during the late 1970s, each followed by a longer description, often satirical (intended? or othe...

  • Maria-Anna

    The books represent a kind of a compilation of various sketches (called compromises in the book) that depict life in Estonia when it was a part of the Soviet Union. Dovlatov with cynism and specific h...

  • Janis

    Dark, bleak, bitterly funny and absurd semi-autobiographical stories of a Russian journalist working in Soviet Estonia. Especially resonant now, in a time of autocrats coming to power in the West, and...

  • Cherrymind

    A crazy trip to USSR, absurd as it was....

  • Anca

    there is only one Dovlatov, and The Compromise is a fine work of art and life, in all its bare ugliness, brutality and beauty....

  • Fred Dameron

    So what do you do if you were a newspaper man in Tallin Estonia and have now immigrated to White Plaines N.Y? You gather up all your old clippings and write the actual story behind what you wrote for ...

  • Lizaveta Litviniuk

    I have never read anything written by Mr. Dovlatov before, therefore I can only judge his writing style by this book. It is visible that he has an authentic and specific style, I would describe it as ...

  • Nenad Vukusic

    Much like The Suitcase, this book is a collage of artefacts from the life of the author, who is working as a journalist in regime newspapers and magazines of soviet Russia of the 60ies. Every story / ...

  • Marina

    An honest and funny approach to what the everyday life in the USSR was really like. An ironic take on anti-Semitism from someone who was part-Jewish on the "wrong" side of the family. There are some s...

  • bill greene

    i would recommend anything by dovlatov, but he's tough to find. this book is about his time as a newspaper writer in soviet estonia & the yawning chasm between events as they actually happened and the...