Inherit the Family


“Inherit the Family, Marrying into Eastern Europe” is a hilarious account of West meets East in the post-Soviet era.

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“Inherit the Family, Marrying into Eastern Europe” by Vello Vikerkaar

All sorts of stories about Eastern Europe circulated in the early 90s. One went that for a pair of Levi’s blue jeans you could buy a car. Another said that for a pack of Marlboros you could have anything smaller. The women were purportedly gorgeous and dangerous, capable of weaving especially wicked webs. A few years after arriving in 1992, the author married an Estonian woman. None of the warnings that circulated in the West turned out to apply. What they should have warned him about were the standard marital issues that apply in every culture. Like the fact that when you marry the wife, you inherit the family.