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Molotov's Magic Lantern by Rachel Polonsky
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May 09, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

Nice to read a Russia book written for Russian experts, whether the autodidact or Ozford educated, or both, her style is spare, tight. Descriptive, small tidbits of trivias about Russia or the hundreds of personalities that make up her book, of course the largest most complex personality is Russia herself. I thought I knew nearly everything and came away even more complex. A romp. I wont use any Russian metaphors. The book isnt a "troika journey" or something like that. Its very good, erudite but not the creative nonfiction way. Accessible, I think, but if one knows little about Russia, meaning you haven't read her history, aren't knowledgeable about her history, especially the last century, prepare to use Wikipedia alot.But, thats good.

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