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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Sergei Dovlatov was a respected journalist in his native country before being forced to emigrate. He also published in several Soviet underground journals. His major works are all entitled “novels,” although they read much more like short-story collections. His “considerable talent” is cited by The Christian Science Monitor as “best suited to the short story and the sketch.” Dovlatov was also an editor, a contributor, and a cofounder of New American, a newspaper expressly for Russian émigrés.