By Alexander Dolinin
I'm an advid reader of all books in regards to the Soviet Gulag. yet this one simply did not minimize the mustard. The characters are one-dimensional, the discussion is stilted, and the descriptions of the camp was once like a minimize and paste from Wikipedia. so as to learn the easiest books, attempt David Littel's "The Revolutionist," Alan Furst's "Night Soldier." This e-book is too educational in all its verbiage.
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The doctor inquired. “I was in the army, an infantry captain,” Trofimov answered. ” the doctor’s face clearly showed his disappointment. “Yes, doctor. ” The doctor’s face lit up in a bright smile. ” Trofimov slowly grasped what the doctor was hinting at. “Could you fix my radio receiver? ” 50 n A L E X A N D E R D O L I N I N So the greedy bastard wants me to work for him first. His first inclination was to explode and curse the doctor, but his common sense pulled him up sharp: he couldn’t afford to throw away this one chance of survival.
Right,” Trofimov agreed. ” Trofimov noticed Andreyev, their neighbour on the right, lighting a home-rolled cigar. ” “Shit. ” Andreyev cursed. ” “Here’s your saviour, Timoshkin,” Trofimov grinned as his friend leaped down from the bunk to let him take his place. ” A G A I N S T D E S T I N Y n 53 “No problem, Captain,” Timoshkin answered, watching Andreyev smoke. Trofimov also waited patiently for him to finish, and at the same time took in what was happening around them. On the top bunks thieves lay stripped to the waist, their bellies covered in garish tattoos.
Why the hell did you grab me from behind, you wise shitheads? ” The captive concluded with another volley of curses. Trofimov surveyed the prisoner and realized that he did not look like Polizei. He had no uniform, and the Polizei would hardly be crawling around in the bushes. Maybe he’s a partisan, thought Trofimov, or a vagrant. “Calm down, man,” he said. ” “At last a normal person,” the man said. ” The man turned out to be Mikhail Bondarenko, a scout from Stavrov’s partisan unit, which was active in the neighbouring woods.