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Goodness!  Is Maslenitsa week already almost over? I guess that means that spring is almost here!  Of course, in parts of the world early “spring” looks, or at least looked, a lot like this: While down here where I’m currently living, I’m pleased to say that the daffodils burst into bloom yesterday, and this time […]

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“Asan” by Vladimir Makanin

Asan Vladimir Makanin “Asan wants money. Asan wants blood.” Within the emerging genre of “Chechen,” as in referring to the recent Chechen wars, prose, Vladimir Makanin’s “Asan” has engendered controversy. To a field zealously guarded by its veterans, the non-veteran Makanin has contributed two works: the novella “Caucasian Captive” (Кавказский пленный) and now the novel […]

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