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Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Saturday 17 November 2012
This collection of Gothic, uncanny and supernatural tales from revolutionary Russia is a remarkable find.
Who in the West knew that during and after the birth of the Soviet Union, phantoms, doubles and apparitions swept through the feverish imaginations of its major writers, from Bulgakov to Krzhizhanovsky?
The tormented minds of their heroes reframe the trauma of change and war as hauntings and possessions.
Behind these spooky sketches, expertly rendered here by Muireann Maguire, all Russia plunged into its own dark fantasy.
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