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A must read book,
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This review is from: Everything Flows (Hardcover)
I read around 25 serious books a year, and have done so for thirty years. This book ranks in the top ten I have read.
Love and Fate is also a great book but this "unfinished" and "unbalanced" book provides an unparalleled insight into Russian history. This is tempered with profound descriptions of the simply horrific experiences that real people experienced during the 20's and 30's while naive westerners praised the great Soviet experiment. As a 'child of the 60's' I experienced the aftermath of this naivety. It is a real shame that this masterpiece written in the period 1955-1964 was only published in 1989 (in Russia), and first available in an English translation in 2010.
Robert Chandler's translation makes it readily accessible and the supporting appendices are really valuable.
It is a must read!