Friday, November 13, 2009

"I'm Brezhnev's driver: I killed the pig."

The ghost of the Communist era lurks behind all the Nergui books, most notably in The Outcast.  In this week of events recalling the fall of the Berlin Wall, it's perhaps chastening to remember just what a strange world it sometimes was.  Here's an intriguing piece by Australian ABC News's Mark Colvin which, as well as recalling the unique flavour of Soviet humour, also mentions his own experiences of visiting his father, a former British Ambassador to Mongolia (not, I should add, the entirely fictional one who is featured in The Shadow Walker). 

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