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Published by Glas New Russian Writing

ISBN: 9781566631983

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To some extent the book is an attempt to come to grips with the chaos of the present through an examination of the formative past... CHILDHOOD is in most ways a rare treat and is a worthy addition to the Glas series.
The Moscow Times

In this collection, centred on the theme of childhood we offer:

Two early stories by Andrei Bitov which reflect the growing awareness in children of life's mystery and beauty; a story by Andrei Platonov, bearing the stamp of his inimitable style, more fully developed in The Foundation Pit; Ludmilla Ulitskaya's perspicacious story of the complex relationship between twin sisters; an impressionistic story by Zufar Gareev about the torments of adolescence; Leonid Latynin's epic, set in pre-Christian Russia and giving us a glimpse of the dawn of Russian civilisation; Alan Cherchesov's account of an unusually bright Chechen boy living alone in a highland village in the Caucasus; a story by Anatoly Pristavkin about childhood in the special orphanages for children of "enemies of the people"; and the Booker winners Andrei Sergeev and Sergei Gandlevsky, also devoted to the theme of childhood
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