Why were post-Soviet Russians so obsessed with salami?
November 2, 2016 11:04 PM Subscribe
I am reading Svetlana Alexievich's Secondhand Time, about the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, and it's great. But there's one thing I don't get: all the references to salami. It seems like when 1990s Russians talk about the capitalist tendency in their society, they mention jeans, and they mention salami. Why salami? Is this a translation of a Russian word that means something like "fancy food" more generally? Or do Russians literally see salami, specifically, as a synechdoche for expensive Western goods?