In 1991, Lori Cidylo shocked her Ukrainian Polish-born parents when she told them she was leaving her reporter s job in upstate New York to live and work in the rapidly dissolving Soviet Union. For the next six years she lived on a shoestring budget in Moscow, in tiny, run-down apartments, coping with the daily calamities of life in Russia. Fluent in Russian, she rode public transportation, did her own shopping and cooking, and shared the typical Musovite s life unlike most Westerners who were sequestered in heavily guarded compounds reserved for diplomats and journalists. As the country experienced its most dramatic transformation since the Bolshevik Revolution, she realized she had stepped into a fantastical and absurd adventure.
Cidylo s wry, insightful account of what it was like for an American woman living in Russia is a dramatic tale full of insouciant laughter, in which vividness and immediacy shine on every page. With the sharp eye of an acute observer, she captures both the momentous events and the everyday trivia: how do Russians address one another now that the familiar comrade is passe; or, how do you find your way home in a city where the streets keep getting new names? As Russia even now continues to struggle with the Cold War s aftermath, Cidylo gives a delightful surprising, warmly human view of post-Soviet life.
All the Clean Ones Are Married
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And Other Everyday Calamities in Moscow