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The Naked Pioneer Girl Paperback – 7 Feb 2004

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?If Kononov?s novel had been published during Perestroika it would have been not just a bomb but an explosion, an earthquake, a tornado... It would have caused the funeral of Soviet Literature and Kononov could have been elected President of Russia... Well, this never happened, since the novel was published in 2001 and now we regard it as a piece of really fine prose? Book Review

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Mikhail Kononov was born in 1948 in Leningrad. He studied Russian literature, then enrolled in the army and was exposed to missile radiation which has severely affected his health. He is a teacher, editor, artist, garden designer, and English translator. A member of the Russian Writer's Union, Mikhail Kononov is the author of numerous short stories and essays. The Naked Pioneer Girl is his first novel. He now lives in Germany.

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Brightly whistling the catchy tune of 'Rio-Rita', without bothering to wipe away her sticky tears, Midge trudged along to her execution down the familiar German rammed-earth road to the village of Shisyaevo, where Smersh-with-the-Portrait was waiting for her. Read the first page
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