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Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
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Oct 02, 11

bookshelves: 21st-century, man-booker-short-list, read-in-2011
Read on October 02, 2011

It is only by accident that I read anything off the Man Booker Awards, winner or short list, because they go for Literature with a capital L, difficult complex books. And this book is not the taut suspense that some reviews promised. Instead, like a Graeme Green novel, it's the tale of a man who lost himself in the expat experience. Who sees what's happening, sees his moral compass being bent, but looks away because he's in too deep, the honey trap hook has been set.

In particular, the dialog is excellent. He captures the rhythm of Russians speaking English. He creates an atmosphere of predatory new Russia that feels true.
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