Review: 'Russian Tattoo' by Elena Gorokhova

January 7, 2015 1:06 PM

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"Russian Tattoo" by Elena Gorokhova; Simon & Schuster (317 pages, $26)

At the end of her luminous 2009 memoir, "A Mountain of Crumbs," Elena Gorokhova is preparing to leave the Soviet Union for the United States - a country, her mother warns, where "people beg on the streets and sleep under bridges and everyone walks around with a gun."

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