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John Lloyd, 25 February 1993

A History of Vodka 
by William Pokhlebkin, translated by Renfrey Clarke.
Verso, 222 pp., £17.95, December 1992, 0 86091 359 7
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... of Vodka is a threnody for the passing of Soviet socialism as seen through the prism of what William Pokhlebkin perceives to be the world’s greatest drink. No question: the cold simplicity of vodka is an invitation to toss the 100 grams down the back of the throat and then to wait, with eyes watering, for the lovely atomic spread in the gut as the ...

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