Read Josh Weil’s accompanying essay, ‘One Ridge Over’.
Milan Kudnera on the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe. Translated by Edmund White.
Extracts from the private diary of a guard in the Soviet Gulag, written between 1935-36.
Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich on the USSR in Afghanistan.
An American woman emigrates to Russia in the early 30s.
The censored Soviet writer on life at the end of the Russian civil war.
‘When he opened his eyes, she was looking out at the rooster, the sun-blasted concrete, the railing thinned to brittle by the brightness.’
‘Some mornings I see him coming up through the mist. The grey shape of a long-haired man carrying a long-barreled gun amid the bare grey branches of the old apple trees.’
‘The jungle was all stillness, time kept only by the markings of his breath.’
Sigrid Rausing introduces Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists 3.
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