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New Left Review 3, May-June 2000


Adventures in pursuit of house and home across three continents—from service with national liberation in Mozambique to the labyrinths of bureaucratic Moscow and the tribulations of DIY Chicago. An Armenian’s sly homage to upside-down internationalism.

GEORGI DERLUGUIAN

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Like any saga, this story has a long pre-history which begins—naturally—in Mozambique. To afford the down-payment for a house in Chicago, I first had to sell my four-room apartment in Moscow. That fabulous dwelling was in every sense dearly earned. Though we never had a chance to live in it. So this is:

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