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Abi Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov

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Leala Chan | 1 comments Wave of Terror by Theodore Odrach. Fascinating book detailing atrocities committed by Stalin on average citizens after the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939.

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Erma Odrach | 11 comments Nervous People by Mikhail Zoshchenko (Ukrainian but wrote in Russian).

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Daisy  | 18 comments Moonlight in Odessa by Janet Skeslien Charles.
Moonlight in Odessa A Novel

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Oksana | 4 comments The country is called Ukraine, not The Ukraine, it's not an island, FYI

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Erma Odrach | 11 comments Ukraine vs the Ukraine - article sums it all up.

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Oksana | 4 comments Sho wrote: "The correction is useful. The incorrect but rather widespread use of the "the" seems to be declining. The whole time I was growing up in the US, it was generally referred to as "the Ukraine." I hav..."

I meant that you use 'the' before a country name in case if the country is or consists of islands, with some exceptions, of course.
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And the article on does indeed sum it all up.

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Chrissie Those countries that demand the definite article must simply be learned. When you tackle a new language you don't analyze, you just learn the rules. The same phenomenon occurs with French; you just plain have to memorize for which countries and in which situations you must use a definite article. I am wondering a bit if the French grammatical rules are a hangover in those countries which were French colonies. It is even more complicated in French - there you also have the partitive artcles to consider.

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