Petr Drulak | Compact | 1st August 2023
He may have been the greatest Czech novelist since Kafka, but Milan Kundera was never much loved at home. Czechs saw him as the anti-Havel: When Havel was a persecuted dissident, Kundera was an establishment gadfly; while Havel stayed and suffered, Kundera emigrated and prospered. It only made things worse that Kundera, by far Havel's moral inferior, was by far the better writer (3,270 words)
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Marina Akhmedova | OD Russia | 4th August 2012
Harrowing throughout. Notes on life among the drug addicts of Yekaterinburg. Much granular detail about preparing and injecting home-made narcotics. "It is dark and fetid in here, as if you are in the depths of a forest. Pale, dropsical men lie on a couch redolent of urine. They look like mushrooms which have sprouted in some poisonous grove. A swollen girl occupies the only chair" (9,070 words)
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