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Anything that Burns

John Bayley, 3 July 1997

Moscow Stations 
by Venedikt Yerofeev, translated by Stephen Mulrine.
Faber, 131 pp., £14.99, January 1996, 0 571 19004 9
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... Smith put it; and the rich succulence of Yerofeev’s Russian, not really translatable although Stephen Mulrine makes a good and brave attempt at it, begins after a few pages to give us the gloriously static feel of Russian social drinking, with the almost welcome sense of a hangover just beginning to feel its way round the back of the skull, but ...

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