Communists: Etiquette for Polar Bears

When you overeat, you should not open the top buttons of your trousers, and women should not unzip their dresses.

This sensible but somewhat unusual advice is one of hundreds of hints contained in a little book of etiquette that is currently a bestseller in Russia and Eastern Europe. Published as Man Among Men in Czechoslovakia, in the other Communist countries it goes under the less subtle title of How to Be have. The first and only socialist book of manners, it contains a refresher course in gentility for the comrades, who have long been taught as part of Communist...

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