Growing Up in a Criminal Underworld
"Marvelous and Illuminating. . . . Forces us to reassess our notions of good and evil." —Irvine Welsh
In a contested, lawless
region between Moldova and Ukraine known as Transnistria, a tightly knit group
of “honest criminals” live according to strict codes of ritualized respect and
fierce loyalty. In a voice utterly compelling and unforgettable, Nicolai Lilin,
born and raised within this exotic subculture, tells the story of his moral
education outside the bounds of “society” as we know it, where men uphold
values with passion—and often by brute force.
- May 2012
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 464 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide, excluding Canada, the British Commonwealth and the European Union.
Endorsements & Reviews
“Lilin may have the
birthright of a crook, but he has the eye of an anthropologist, and he trains
it on the folkways of an outlaw subculture as ritualized and moralistic as any
religion.” — The New Yorker
“This is the Russian
gangland recast as medieval Romance.
. . . Amid the depravity of its anti-heroes, Siberian Education paints a memorable world of anarchism, devotion,
humor and respect.” — Toby Lichtig, Wall Street Journal
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