Igor Eliseev: One-Two

The latest addition to my website is Igor Eliseev‘s One-Two. This novel tells the story of two conjoined girls and their life as children in a brutal Soviet institution and then their life in post-Soviet Russia where the capitalist system turns out to be just as cruel as the Soviet system, as they are hired in a Threepenny Opera style begging scam. Eliseev portrays the horrors of both Soviet and post-Soviet systems and the added suffering of the handicapped under both systems, as well as showing us the nature of the twins, their relationship wth one another but also their differences from one another. This is a very original novel and well worth reading.

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