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An idyllic childhood takes a sinister turn. Rumors of a serial killer haunt the neighborhood, families pack up and leave town without a word of warning, and the country begins to unravel. Policemen stand by as protesters overtake the streets, knowing that the once awe-inspiring symbols of power they wear on their helmets have become devoid of meaning.

Lebedev depicts a vast empire coming apart at the seams, transforming a very public moment into something tender and personal, and writes with stunning beauty and shattering insight about childhood and the growing consciousness of a boy in the world.

©2014 Sergei Lebedev. Translation copyright 2017 by Antonina W. Bouis (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Such a great book, great translation and prose

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story line is apparently simple but it is rich with subtext, the prose is a pleasure to itself and the characters are vivid and sound true.

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