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I Was a Potato Oligarch

Travels and Travails in the New Russia

By John Mole

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 July 2008
The Soviet Union has disappeared along with a people's nationality, currency, jobs, salaries, pensions and politics. Oligarchs pillage the nation's wealth. It looks as if Russia might become a liberal democracy. It also looks as if it might plunge into chaos. These are fascinating times and John Mole wants to be part of this New Russia. But what can he do? An MBA, 15 years in international banking and a few novels, have left him with few useful skills. Inspiration strikes -British fast food!The potato business takes off and becomes a journey under the skin of the New Russia. Hired as a rabotnik, a worker, entitled to a week in a sanatorium every year, he tries to corner the market in business names and pizza cheese. He is taken for a corpse's son, a Red Square demonstrator and a vampire's victim

About the Author

John Mole has had a varied international career, from banking in the USA and Athens to jacket potato restaurants in Russia. He is also a well-known author of comic novels, as well as the perennial bestseller Mind Your Manners and It's All Greek To Me!. For more information, please visit his website at www.johnmole.com

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"A fantastic read."Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4 "I Was a Potato Oligarch is the charming, witty and utterly hilarious telling of Mole's real-life experiences in a Russia still coming to terms with capitalism and competition...Mole is a bright, resourceful guy but his most valuable traits are his biting sense of humour and a willingness to take every setback in his stride. Bearing comparison easily with the likes of David Sedaris, Mole's story makes for a wonderful read."The Sunday Business Post, 25th May 2008"Very readable and very funny" Clarissa Dickson Wright author of Spilling the Beans"Funny and perceptive, it gives a vivid and sympathetic picture of what Russians are really like, and how they manage to survive and enjoy themselves in their often chaotic country." Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to Moscow 1988-1992, and author of Across the Moscow River and Moscow 1941 e

EAN: 9781857885095
ISBN: 1857885090
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 centimetres (0.37 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

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