"Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free," but don't bring us Vladimir Ruska! But that's just what happened. Yes, Vladimir Ruska, the Russian shiftless, corner cutter, came to America to achieve success. But he couldn't even keep his janitor's job. In less than a year, he got kicked out of the U.S for violating his visa, and for piling up thousands of dollars in unpaid traffic tickets.
But that is just the start of the saga of Vladimir Ruska. He may be lazy, but he is not stupid. So, he returned to his small, impoverished town in rural Russia, and led his relatives on a journey to a brilliant, new enterprise. They started an unbelievably successful ripoff of McDonalds, called McRuskies. It worked. It allowed Vladimir the opportunity to move back to America, and this time, with an improved, new, positive attitude. Yes! He ultimately became a successful model Russian immigrant in the USA. And four years later, Vladimir and his entire family emigrated to the U.S. Maybe they don't speak perfect English, but they have the determination to make it in America. They end up running "Babushka's Chop House" in Brighton Beach, New York. The story features all the flavor and fun of native Russians attempting to speak the English language. Here's an example, when Vladimir returns home to Gorzichistan:
VLADIMIR: "Oh yes, cameras everywhere in USA. You go to bank. They watch you. You go to store, they watch you. You buy gas for car, they watch you. You dump ol' paint in river, they watch you . . . and put you in jail!"
BORIS: "Who watching you?"
VLADIMIR: "The 'E' 'P' 'P' 'A'."
YURI: "Oh yeah, we hear dat on news. You go to da outhouse and who is watching you?"
STASIK: "The 'E' 'P' 'P' 'A'."
BABUSHKA: "So we got KGB, FSB. And America got 'E' 'P' 'P' 'A'. Everyting same wherever you go. No different. Right Grandpa?"
Grandpa, who worked in the Russian coal mines all his life, takes a deep breath and heaves up a resounding, gurgling persistent cough."
GRANDPA: "Eeeh! Ahhhh! Ehhhgheghhheeee!
BABUSHKA: ". . . See? . . . He say yes!"
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite If you love comedy that is laced with humor, then the boisterous novel Back to Sovietsky by Michael and Danny D'Agostino will be the best read for you. The authors have masterfully combined elements of humor and adventure in a brilliant kind of way to create characters that are enjoyable to follow and a story that is hard to put down. Everyone who knows Vladimir Ruska is stunned by the unbelievable fact that he of all people would get a visa to settle in the US, but he does get one, and he is in the US to create his own story of success. However, things don’t seem to work out so well for him. Vladimir loses his janitor’s job, violates his visa, and gets many unpaid traffic tickets than can be allowed. Soon, the lazy man finds himself repatriated. But this is just the beginning of the adventures of a man who will start a successful business in Russia and be back in the US with an even better plan to make it to the top of the American dream. The reader will have to read on to discover the marvelous surprises that await them. Michael and Danny D’Agostino have created a wonderful character in Vladimir, a character who reflects the Russian reality in memorable ways. The reader could take the protagonist for a lazy fool at the start of the story, but as the story develops, they understand that he is shrewd and determined. The way the Russian flavor comes out in the natural-sounding, beautifully crafted dialogues is brilliant and readers will undoubtedly be entertained hugely. The writing is superb, the pacing swift, and the entire story balanced and deftly written. Back to Sovietsky is the kind of comedy I’d love to watch on screen. A story with powerful themes like family, patriotism, dreams, and many others neatly woven into the plot.
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Back to Sovietsky by Michael and Danny D'Agostino is a gripping story that follows one man’s journey from Russia to the US in search of success, his monumental failure and return to Russia, and his eventual exodus to the US with his entire family. That could sound like a very simple and easy goal to achieve, but then come the intricacies of the plot. Of all the people seeking to immigrate to the US, Vladimir Ruska could have been the least expected to be granted entry, but the dubious and lazy man actually moves to the US and he is determined to achieve success. He scores a phenomenal failure in his employment as a janitor and finds himself moving back to Russia in less than a year. His return home is just the beginning of his adventure. Pulling together his relatives, Vladimir Ruska starts a business, a kind of McDonald’s called McRuskies. The success of this small enterprise permits Ruska to return to the US, but this time he is a changed man. This story follows his adventures in the US and how he becomes a model immigrant, working hard to bring his entire family to the US. It will be interesting for readers to find out how they start the Babushka's Chop House and how they make it in the US. Michael and Danny D'Agostino have written a spellbinding story that vividly captures elements of Russian culture, exploring what it feels like for a Russian to survive in the US, but the greatest fun comes along with the authors’ gift for humor and characterization. The writing is exceptionally good and the mimicking of the Russian accent comes across neatly through the dialogues, offering readers a lot of laughter as they read on. Back to Sovietsky is a wonderful read with characters that readers will enjoy. It’s a wonderful, delightful, rollicking comedy.