“A luminous and magical writer, Sergei Lebedev excavates the Soviet past and gives voice to its restless ghosts. By exploring Russia’s dark history he sheds light on its terrible present. Lebedev’s stories are urgent and compelling at a time when a Kremlin leader is waging a myth-inspired war in Ukraine.”

Luke Harding, author of Invasion: The Inside Story of Russia’s Bloody War and Ukraine’s Fight for Survival