Siberian Education by Nicolai Lilin
Family, Honour, and Tattoos: An Extraordinary Underworld Life

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A vivid, shocking, at times poetic revelation of a world we never imagined existed. Siberian Education is a real-life Eastern Promises seen through the eyes of a boy growing up in the close-knit community of the Urkas, descendants of criminals relocated from Siberia to the banks of the Dniester River, between Moldavia and Ukraine, in the 1930s. A tale of an extreme boyhood — violent, governed by rules of honour passed down through legend and taught via elaborate and mysterious tattoos, and ultimatedly doomed to disappear amidst post-Soviet capitalist gangsterism: an utterly unique look at a vanished society from someone who knew it intimately, even though he is not yet 30 years old.
 

About Nicolai Lilin

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Nicolai Lilin grew up in Transnistria, which declared its independence in 1990 but has never been recognized as a state. He fought as a sniper in the Russian army in Chechnya. He currently runs a tattoo parlor in Turin, Italy.
 
Published January 1, 2010 by CANONGATE BOOKS LTD. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime.

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In this country we have specially designated zones where people learn to be criminals.

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Siberian Education: Family, Honour and Tattoos: An Extraordinary Underworld Life By Nicolai Lilin Translated by Jonathan Hunt McClelland & Stewart 464 pp.; $32.99 Reviewed by Richard Poplak Siberia is, suddenly, hot.

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