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  • 9781847677778

  • 139 mm

  • 215 mm

  • 504 gram


  • 13-MAY-10

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    A vivid, shocking, at times poetic revelation of a world we never imagined existed. Siberian Education is a real-life Eastern Promises seen through the eyes of a boy growing up in the close-knit community of the Urkas, descendants of criminals relocated from Siberia to the banks of the Dniester River, between Moldavia and Ukraine, in the 1930s. A tale of an extreme boyhood ? violent, governed by rules of honour passed down through legend and taught via elaborate and mysterious tattoos, and ultimatedly doomed to disappear amidst post-Soviet capitalist gangsterism: an utterly unique look at a vanished society from someone...  Read More

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    Nicolai Lilin

    Nicolai Lilin is a Russian writer of Siberian origin. He was born and grew up in Transnistria, which declared its independence in 1990 but has never been recognized as a state.
    In 2004 he moved to Italy. In 2009 he published in Italy for Einaudi Siberian education, his first novel, written directly in Italian. The book has been translated into 19 languages and distributed in 24 countries, and has reached the interest of cinema. It will become a movie directed by Gabriele Salvatores, starring John Malkovic as Grandfather Kuzja.
    In April 2010 he released his second novel, Free Fall (or Sniper), and for October 2011 we are waiting for the release of the new novel The breath of the dark.
    He currently writes for magazine LEspresso and he founded Kolima Contemporary Culture, an exhibition space which also hosts cultural events in Milan. Among its activities he is also a tattoo artist, he studied for many years the traditional Siberian criminal tattoos and learned his techniques and complex codes.

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