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Growing up in a country where things are in abundance; scarcity means a short-term problem. But when you grow up in country where everything is controlled and monitored things look scary. “Everything is Normal: Life and Times of a Soviet Kid” by Sergey Grechishkin is a memoir of author’s childhood from soviet times. One may read many literature to find out what Soviet Russia / USSR did during 74 years of communism, but how people lived in that era is completely different experience.
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I’ve never really known much about Russia, despite all the negativity from the press and the media. I was very curious what a little kid could tell me and teach me about his childhood in the Soviet Union. I was surprised by this book! Although it felt long at some point, I was enjoying the things I read most of the time.
This book was something I don’t re
Everything is Normal is a fascinating coming-of-age story about growing up in the Soviet Union in the late seventies and the Eighties. What’s remarkable about it is that it’s not some heavy social science treatise but rather the observations of a child growing up in St. Petersburg and seeing the Soviet works through his eyes. It’s not focused on politics, but the grayness and fullness of Soviet life, the deprivation of consumer goods, the scarcities, the endless lines, the limitations. It includ