By Alexander Dolinin

I'm an advid reader of all books concerning the Soviet Gulag. yet this one simply did not lower the mustard. The characters are one-dimensional, the discussion is stilted, and the descriptions of the camp was once like a reduce and paste from Wikipedia. with a view to learn the simplest books, test David Littel's "The Revolutionist," Alan Furst's "Night Soldier." This ebook is too educational in all its verbiage.

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It’s him who’s the traitor. Dirty jackal. ” “Give us the signal,” a few men cried, “and we’ll finish this butcher off on the spot. We’ll throw him into the ravine. ” Vorotnikov turned to face Trofimov, and his lips muttered, “No, no, Trofimov. ” For Trofimov it was a sign that his opponent was vanquished, at least for now. ” He turned to Vorotnikov. “Did you hear what the men said, you bastard? These modest Russian heroes have shown their devotion to our country by fighting the real enemy, not by shooting defenceless teenagers.

By evening he returned with his commander, Stavrov, and the whole unit. Trofimov’s company and Stavrov’s partisans carried out the attack. The operation was a great success. 38 n A L E X A N D E R D O L I N I N After that Trofimov and Bondarenko went their separate ways and never saw one another until the day when Trofimov arrived at the Fifth Compound in the same transit group as Goldberg and Timoshkin. The punishment cell was similar to the one where he had been confined before. It had the same rime-covered wooden walls and no stove.

The guy can’t receive parcels. How can he bribe his way in? ” “He can give some treatment though,” Vaskov retorted. “Only to get bad again in a month,” Timoshkin commented. “Donna you know what the thieves say? ’ If the captain gets his legs treated, he’ll walk for another month, instead of hobbling. ” asked Goldberg. “The same thing,” Bondarenko said. “And the day after. Eventually you win another year or two of life. ” Goldberg wondered. ” Bondarenko shrugged his shoulders. 34 n A L E X A N D E R D O L I N I N “Somewhat,” responded Goldberg.

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