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Rich in Russia

by John Updike


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'There, in Russia five years ago, when Cuba had been taken out of the oven to cool and Vietnam was still coming to a simmer, Bech did find a quality of life -- impoverished yet ceremonial, shabby yet ornate, sentimental, embattled, and avuncular--reminiscent of his neglected Jewish past.' In these two short stories, Updike's brilliant observational acuity is matched by a light, comic touch. The writer Henry Bech travels to Europe on a hapless cultural exchange, first to Russia, where he struggles to spend his money when everything -- from his meals to his bugged hotel room -- is already paid for, and then to Rumania. This book includes Rich In Russia, Foreword, Bech in Rumania, Appendix A and Appendix B.

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Penguin Books Ltd
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John Updike (Author)

John Updike was born in 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He is the author of over fifty books, including The Poorhouse Fair; the Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest); Marry Me; The Witches of Eastwick, which ...

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