And Quiet Flows the Vodka: or When Pushkin Comes to Shove: The Curmudgeon's Guide to Russian Literature with the Devil's Dictionary of Received Ideas - Alicia Chudo, Gary Saul Morson, Andrew Sobesednikov If you are going to enjoy this book, you really have to know a lot about Russian history and liteature. Otherwise, it's more or less pointless and probably extremely confusing. If you know a lot about those two things, it can be very amusing. I found the first part of this book, dealing with early history, the funniest. Parts of it were outright hilarious. Then the reading became very... slow. Probably because I only had the book as a PDF, and I hate reading on my computer. The contact ads are great, as are some dialogues about Russianess towards the end of the book. I did find it more difficult to follow when it became more Soviet-oriented, since many of the names were then unknown to me.