Baize-Covered Table with Decanter by Vladimir Makanin

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The hero of Baize-Covered Table undergoes a searching bureaucratic investigation, that staple of the old Soviet and even older Russian police state. With the naked intensity of personal nightmare, the hero visits and returns to the stark scene of his inquisition: the bare room, the table, the ever-present decanter, and behind the table those recurring phantoms, 'The Party Man,' 'The Young Wolf,' 'The Almost Pretty Woman,' 'The One Who Asks the Questions.'.

About Vladimir Makanin

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Makanin was born in Orsk, educated as a mathematician at Moscow University, and first published as a writer in 1966
Published December 1, 1995 by Readers International. 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Its nameless narrator speculates on the motives and personalities of his accusers (The One Who Asks the Questions, The Pretty Woman, The Proletarian Firebrand), dazedly assesses his own political correctness or incorrectness (he knows he's failed to ``make the leap out of the myths and structures...

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Although this is tight writing that never falls into the expository, for an outsider the novel is filled with fascinating details about life in Russia and the alarmingly personal tactics used to elicit information.

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