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One of the better titles in the Granta series, Granta 64: Russia: The Wild East has a combination of fiction, essays, and photographs that make for an interesting read. By far the best piece in this issue is the story by Andrei Platonov entitled "The River Potudan," about two young small town Russians, one tired out by fighting the White Russian forces, and the other trying to survive while studying medicine. Also interesting is Victor Pelevin's "Moscow Dynamo," about a fantastic encounter with
I just love Granta. The stories and articles are just the right length, the size is small enough to keep in my purse, and none of the contents are mainstream.The balance of history and fiction is great, and any photo galleries enclosed are incredibly touching. This has a section on soldiers who are so young, and the black and white images just lay open their innocence and at the same time reveal danger. Really subtle and well done. I just love the cover image of the old Russian woman, tired and
The two standout stories in this for me were The Last 18 Drops and the one about the mothers seeking their sons in Chechnya. The rest, meh.