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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 ...
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781847679338
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Pages: 447
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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NICOLAI LILIN was born in 1981 and grew up in the small Soviet republic of Transnistria, which declared its independence from the Russian federation in 1991, although Russia has never recognized this. As a young adult, Nicolai was conscripted into the Russian army and sent to fight in Chechnya. He later became a fisherman off the coast of Ireland, before moving to Italy where he currently runs a tattoo parlour in Turin. Siberian Education is his first book.

JONATHAN HUNT was born in Portsmouth in 1951. He has taught at the universities of Munich, Cambridge, and Turin, and his translations from the Italian include Niccolo Ammaniti's I'm Not Scared and Steal You Away, and Carlo Petrini's Slow Food Nation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    ASTONISHING COLD SIBERIA I bought this book after two years wond

    ASTONISHING COLD SIBERIA
    I bought this book after two years wondering whether if reading it or not. I was mainly pushed by the curiosity due to a tv-interview given by the author just before the big success of the book that became bigger this year thanks to Salvatores' movie.
    In a kind of autobiography, Nicolai Lilin depicts his chilhood in a remote part of Russia, Transnistria, an independent region and a mixture of different cultures from all around ex Soviet Union. Transnistria is also a region where few criminal communities share a hostile marginal land along the banks of  the Dniester River and were the leadership is assigned to the Siberian community, descendant of the ancient anarchist Urkas who were forced to move from their native region to the south of Russia.
    The author describes with great detail the rules of honor and discipline that made his "siberian education" by the eldest criminal of his community with vivid desciptions of characters, places and feelings.
    The reader is captured by the adventures of three kids that growing up learn to became "honest criminals", shocked by cruel situations and by a world never revealed before.
    I was impressed by the strong connection between criminal behaviour and religious belief and icons to whom Siberian society strongly commends their brutal murders .
    It was really worth reading it, sometimes hard for the content, but with a simple narrative style, in few crucial chapters, the author lets us discover a weel-rounded violent story that hit our society.

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