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In Gary Shteyngarts latest novel, some things are not as one would expect. Now on page 202, “Lake Success” is still nothing more than a suburb with a shopping center on Long Island. I always thought that the author will introduce it right at the beginning as the place where the UN general assembly voted in 1949 for the foundation of Israel.

In contrast, already in the first chapter of the novel I was highly pleased to read Gary’s most profound description of the fine NOMOS watches from Glasshuette/Saxony. I was always wearing Glasshuette watches throughout my life, since they were considered of a more sophisticated designed than those of the Ruhla brand, the other big watch manufacturer in East Germany.

I hope Gary Shteyngart will soon come to a reading tour to Saxony. I am sure the audience will welcome him like a good friend.

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(to be continued on April 6th 2019)
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