Wladimir Kaminer is by now an established author in Germany, with most of his books dealing with his experiences as a Russian immigrant, arriving amongst the first waves. The book consists of vignette length essays, which highlight particular aspects of the experience, from being a Jewish immigrant, to dealing with authorities, the pros and cons of a Russian wife (for a German husband), eating, drinking, culture, etc.
Having been amongst the first, and arriving on the Russian Jew ticket (something that briefly worked in the very beginning only), he has two decades of experience to look back on, and his active involvement in the community as well as his fine observation gift make him an excellent commenter on what Berlin (and Germany more generally) is like for an outsider.
The stories are occassionally slightly surreal but not per se unbelievable and the author has a wry sense of humour. This, together with the short length, makes the book a good read. And while it is certainly possible to finish it in one go, I suppose one will be better served by ejoying it in smaller chunks, especially since the stories do not build on one another.
The book has recently also been filmed (same name - a hit in Germany). If you like it (and speak German), also try his earlier Es Gab Keinen Sex Im Sozialismus: Legenden und Missverständnisse des vorigen Jahrhunderts
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So overall a much recommended social commentary on the immigrant experience, on Berlin, Germany and the Russians. And really good fun, too.