The Burn: A Novel in Three Books : Late Sixties, Early Seventies
The inventive, ribald, potentially explosive activities of five talented Muscovites during the years of Khrushchev's thaw are revealed as aspects of one central figure, Tolya von Steinbock, who encapsulates his generation's hopes, aspirations, and despair
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It makes me incredibly sad to see such terrible reviews of such a fantastic novel. Life changing would be the word to describe it. Every little detail in this book, seems to have a deeper meaning and symbolism. Politically, this book is extremely important and if you are interested in USSR related literature, and the secret life of young people living there, this book is truly a treasure. It's long, and the translation if you read the one by Michael Glenny is remarkably well done. It's a powerful and well written book. Although, if you do not have a good grasp or interest of the time period or the Soviet era I may not recommend the book for you. Regardless, I felt the stories of the seven characters featured still spoke to me. And maybe the world I experience is not at all that different from theirs.
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Absolutely stunning. A visceral, feral look at the failures of the Soviet state and its fundamental attack on the very core of the human condition. Read full review