Paradise Lost: Emigration: An Attempt at a Self-Portrait

Petr Vail

Aleksandr Genis


There is nothing more terrible than dreams come true. […]

The first streets of New York. Primitive prefab apartment houses. Fire escapes down the front. The capital of the world is immediately associated with Rostov-on-Don, the ugliest city in the USSR. Geography expands. The ruins of the South Bronx, like Stalingrad after the eponymous battle…

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