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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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... whole carnival is her majesty the Soviet Union’? And why was the Russian novelist-politician Zakhar Prilepin, who fought as a volunteer on the separatist side – a volunteer with a Kalashnikov – intrigued enough by the origins of the Soviet Union to write The Monastery, a 660-page novel about one of its foundational legends, the prototype Soviet ...

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