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Red Passport, the (2003) [Collection]
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The eight unpredictable, poignant, and often comic stories that make up Katherine Shonk's The Red Passport portray the tumult, hopes, and disappointments of Russians and visiting Americans alike in post-Communist Russia. Many of the Russians in these stories are strangers in their own country, learning to navigate a new landscape of Dunkin Donuts franchises that flourish where consumer culture had so recently been anathema; where the fall of the Soviet Union has not in fact brought about peace or prosperity; and where people still find a way to reach out and for love, despite often disastrous results. "My Mother's Garden" reads like a parable of broken promises--an old woman living near Chernobyl does not understand why she can't eat those robust, lovely, enormous onions, better than any she'd grown for decades. "Our American" is set in Moscow and tells the story of a thirteen year old boy who watches with fascination and dread as his older brother, a veteran of the Chechen war, pursues the na´ve American girl next door. "The Young People of Moscow" describes an extraordinary day in the life of an aging Russian couple selling Soviet poetry in an underground bazaar. In her elegantly crafted stories Shonk delves deeply into these people, finding both the nub of their disappointment and the truth of their good intentions.


  • The Death of Olga Vasilievna
  • Our American
  • The Young People of Moscow
  • My Mother's Garden
  • Kitchen Friends
  • The Conversion
  • The Wooden Village of Kizhi
  • Honey Month

Original title: The Red Passport
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest

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Edition #1: The Red Passport

The Red Passport (2003)
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Language: English

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The Red Passport (2003)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374248475
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.9 in
Pages: 224

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