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This is a great epic novel which covers the time of Soviet era and Cold War. It takes you back in time when everyone believed in positive changes. Through her characters Ulitskaya shows how people lived and survived in the post WWII Soviet Union and how the system was breaking some personalities while the others either tried to leave the country to survive or had the courage to oppose the system. This book might be a good read both for those who witnessed that time and for the younger generations as well to get the idea about their parents and grandparents lives.
A great sweeping narrative. Could not put it down.
A great book but very poor translation. Read the Russian language version; it's much more enlightening.
A worth addition to the canon of Big Russian Novels, dealing with the survival of Russian intellectuals and their culture in the postwar Soviet Union. It helps if the reader knows something about Russian history and literature, but the characters and their stories can stand on their own.
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