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Siberian Education: Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld

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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 who knew it intimately, even though he is not yet 30 years old.

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Synopsis:

"Marvelous and Illuminating. . . . Forces us to reassess our notions of good and evil." --Irvine Welsh

Synopsis:

In a contested, lawless region between Moldova and Ukraine known as Transnistria, a tightly knit group of "honest criminals" live according to strict codes of ritualized respect and fierce loyalty. In a voice utterly compelling and unforgettable, Nicolai Lilin, born and raised within this exotic subculture, tells the story of his moral education outside the bounds of "society" as we know it, where men uphold values with passion--and often by brute force.

About the Author

Nicolai Lilin grew up in Transnistria, which declared its independence in 1990 but has never been recognized as a state. He fought as a sniper in the Russian army in Chechnya. He currently runs a tattoo parlor in Turin, Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393342383
Author:
Lilin, Nicolai
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Hunt, Jonathan
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 illustrations
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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» Biography » General
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» History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
» History and Social Science » Russia » Siberia
» History and Social Science » World History » Russia

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"Synopsis" by , In a contested, lawless region between Moldova and Ukraine known as Transnistria, a tightly knit group of "honest criminals" live according to strict codes of ritualized respect and fierce loyalty. In a voice utterly compelling and unforgettable, Nicolai Lilin, born and raised within this exotic subculture, tells the story of his moral education outside the bounds of "society" as we know it, where men uphold values with passion--and often by brute force.
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