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This review is from: The Stalin Epigram (Hardcover)
The story plays in Russia during the time when Stalin put a terror regime on the country to complete his idea of collectivization. Free speech could mean imprisonment and execution.
The main plot is around the poet Ossip Mandelstamm who is brave enough to compose a poem in which he criticise Stalin. I don't spoil too much when I say this will not end well.
The novel is told in form of reports from different people, which gives the book an interesting dynamic. Sometimes, it is very disturbing when you read about the torture in Stalin's prisons. On other occasions it is sort of funny the reports from weightlifter Fikrit Schotmann (who is not the brightest) in particular.
All in all a very enjoyable book which is hard to put down. An easy recommendation.