Davai! The Russians and Their Vodka (Paperback)
You cannot separate Russians from their vodka or vodka from Russia. For over 600 years, this proud Slavic culture has - for good or ill - been inextricably bound up with their national drink. This has been expressed in literature, song, politics, history and every aspect of popular culture. In this comprehensive, quixotic and addictive book, Edwin Trommelen explores all facets of the Russian obsession with vodka. Peering chiefly through the lenses of history and literature, Trommelen offers up an appropriately complex and rich portrait. In addition, most all of the hundreds of wonderful quotes from literature, theater and poetry are presented in both their Russian original and English translation, making this also a useful guide to improving one's Russian through the lens of this ancient drink.