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  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141971230
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

Rich In Russia



Introducing the new Mini Modern Classics series. The short story is we're going to change the way you read.

'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.

  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141971230
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

About the author

John Updike

JOHN UPDIKE was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

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