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"The darkest impulses of science and power cross paths with human error and plots gone awry in Sergei Lebedev's incisive and all-too-plausible Russian novel about nerve agents, assassination and secrets both political and personal."
--Will Englund, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post and author of March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution
"Enthralling and exquisite, by one of modern Russia's finest writers."
--Philippe Sands, author of East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes against Humanity"
"Turn off your television sets and get reading. Sergei Lebedev writes not of the past, but of today."
--Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
"Sergei Lebedev is a marvelous writer with two rare gifts: a nobility of style and the most precise inner vision, which allows him to see and plumb the entire depth of the anthropological catastrophe that occurred in twentieth-century Russia. Lebedev has perceived what was invisible to most Soviet and post-Soviet writers."
--Vladimir Sorokin, author of The Blizzard, Day of the Oprichnik and Ice Trilogy
"A spellbinding insight into a secret world that we forget at our peril, a world of assassins, spies, patriots and poison masters whose shockingly evil decisions are made in their unwavering belief of serving a greater good. A thrilling, haunting, essential read."
--Rory MacLean, author of Pravda Ha Ha: Truth, Lies and the End of Europe
"One of Russia's most interesting young novelists takes on Putin, poison and power in this unique novel; Lebedev provides a fascinating window on modern Russia."
--Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Twilight of Democracy and Gulag: A History
Praise for Sergei Lebedev's earlier books:
"Lebedev is arguably the best of Russia's younger generation of writers."
--The New York Review of Books
--The Wall Street Journal
"Astonishing ... ingeniously structured around the progressive uncovering of memories of a difficult personal and national past ... with a visceral, at times almost unbearable, force."
--The Times Literary Supplement