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Antarctica Ahoy! by Juhan Smuul
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An interesting glimpse into life on a Soviet expedition to the Antarctic in the 1950s. While there is a good deal of propoganda--all the characters are oh so happy to be crammed into tiny spaces for months on end--the author's style is very smooth and easy to follow and his point of view fresh. I found his depictions of the decadent West (Adelaide, Australia) particularly interesting, especially his continual ranting on the foolishness of buying goods on credit, as was his depiction of Egypt's less decadent, but equally backward views on religion. Winner of the Lenin prize in 1961.

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