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The Japan Times has a nice piece by Roger Pulvers on the great early Soviet writer Boris Pilnyak (I wrote about him here, and I see I promised to write about his masterpiece, The Naked Year, which I still haven't done). The Pulvers piece focuses on his visit to Japan and the book he wrote about it, ????? ????????? ?????? (Roots of the Japanese sun), which I've been wanting to read ever since Sashura told me his Japanese professor had recommended it.
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