Eighty-two years after Moses Dibobis escaped from the Lithuanian hamlet of Birzai with nothing but a packed lunch, his grandson David Smiedt journeys back to the former Soviet enclave looking for a link to his grandfather that extends beyond a receding hairline and shared sense of humour. What he finds there is that premium vodka is cheaper than water, spa treatments are more than a little invasive and that Stalin theme parks and eccentric museums are just the beginning of the charms of this beguiling nation. By the end of his journey, David finally has an answer to his mother-in-law's question: "Who are your people?" In From Russia with Lunch, David Smiedt takes all that is irreverent about Molvania and combines it with a love of history and the bizarre to reveal a land unknown by many. Better still, he eats pigs' ears so you don't have to.
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(199mm x 132mm x 19mm)
University of Queensland Press
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Author Biography - David Smiedt
David Smiedt was born in South Africa in 1968 and migrated to Australia at the age of 18. He spent the next three years at Macquarie University in Sydney, where he frequently used the word 'postmodern' erroneously and out of context. He went on to betray his sex in magazines such as Cleo, New Woman, marie claire, Cosmopolitan and ELLE. His first book, Boom Boom- 100 Years of Australian Comedy, co-written with Rob Johnson, was published in 1999. Smiedt maintains a shallow illusion of quasi-bohemianism by consuming too many things he shouldn't and too few of the things he should in the inner-city Sydney suburb where he lives with his wife and a poodle.