The unpossessed city

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Jim Vilatzer was going nowhere working in his parents' restaurant, sleeping in his childhood bedroom until he ran up gambling debts that forced him to go somewhere far away fast. He uses his Russian-language skills (learned from his migr grandparents) to cadge a job in Moscow finding and interviewing survivors of the Gulag. At first, he only finds that they are well hidden and leery of sharing their horrific stories, but he also discovers that he's falling in love with their homeland. He is intoxicated by Moscow's brooding, ironic atmosphere, its vast reservoir of entrepreneurial energy, its otherworldly churches and majestic subways. On any given day, petty indignities are more than offset by random acts of kindness. Jim's taste for gambling is satisfied merely by living in a city that teems with risk and promise. So he blithely accepts a big win when a chance meeting with a lovely aspiring actress leads not only to romance but also to her grandfather, a concentration camp survivor who does actually want to share his story. Soon Jim is on a roll, scoring interviews with four other survivors in as many days, learning harrowing and fascinating things about bygone atrocities and feeling like he has finally found where he belongs.
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subject_facetAmericans -- Russia (Federation) -- Fiction
GULag NKVD -- Fiction
Gamblers -- Fiction
Moscow (Russia) -- Fiction
Scientists -- Russia (Federation) -- Fiction
Survival -- Fiction
Suspense fiction
title_displayThe unpossessed city
title_fullThe unpossessed city / Jon Fasman
The unpossessed city [electronic resource] / Jon Fasman
title_shortThe unpossessed city
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Gamblers
Scientists
Survival