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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.
Robert Moor remembers hitch-hiking across Newfoundland: ‘The way to pronounce Newfoundland, Bill and Sue instructed me, is to remember that it rhymes with understand.’
‘When people would ask me what I was doing in Istanbul, I would explain that I’m a freelance writer and translator, and I move a lot. I move intuitively, I would say: places call to me.’
‘The power imbalance built into travel writing is just a heightened version of an imbalance that’s there in all writing.’
Phillip Lewis on writing emotional autobiography. ‘A sincere observation followed by a sincere utterance is the most powerful and effective form of communication.’
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