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Stubborn as a Tomb

James Meek: Shadows over Eurasia, 22 April 2021

Absolute Zero 
by Artem Chekh, translated by Olena Jennings and Oksana Lutsyshyna.
Glagoslav, 154 pp., £17.99, July 2020, 978 1 912894 67 3
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The Monastery 
by Zakhar Prilepin, translated by Nicholas Kotar.
Glagoslav, 660 pp., £24.99, July 2020, 978 1 912894 78 9
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... When​ his company commander vanished from the front line at the end of 2015, the Ukrainian conscript and novelist Artem Chekh was told he’d deserted and gone over to the enemy. Through the winter Chekh and his comrades were encouraged to believe their captain was a traitor, laughing at them from the line of separatist bunkers opposite their own, lavishly equipped with warm clothes by his new Russian friends ...

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