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Michael Idov on Vassily Aksyonov’s 1979 novel that predicts the Russian invasion of Crimea: http://nyr.kr/1luJ0OJ

“The real reason ‘The Island of Crimea’ applies so easily to any Russian development, positive or catastrophic, is that amid all the jazz and sex and fast cars, Aksyonov had captured the innate, eternal duality of Russia: at any given moment, it is both the Island and the Mainland, a reef of free thought and a colossus poised to stomp it out of existence.”

Above: A Ukrainian anti-submarine ship in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol. Photograph by Darko Vojinovic/AP.

newyorker:

Michael Idov on Vassily Aksyonov’s 1979 novel that predicts the Russian invasion of Crimea: http://nyr.kr/1luJ0OJ

“The real reason ‘The Island of Crimea’ applies so easily to any Russian development, positive or catastrophic, is that amid all the jazz and sex and fast cars, Aksyonov had captured the innate, eternal duality of Russia: at any given moment, it is both the Island and the Mainland, a reef of free thought and a colossus poised to stomp it out of existence.”

Above: A Ukrainian anti-submarine ship in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol. Photograph by Darko Vojinovic/AP.