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August 08, 2015

#GoingGlocal: “Thank you for your letter,” Part IV

in Culture / Entertainment/Glocal/Literature
The Wizard of Emerald City, Volkov's Russian version of The Wizard of Oz. Image from http://emeraldcity.ru/eng/books.htm

“My sudden love affair with Aitmatov nearly made me flunk my German exam in tenth grade. ‘Heroes of Our Everyday Socialist Life’ was to be the topic of our written compositions. I wrote an essay about Aitmatov’s novel The Place of the Skull. [My German teacher] managed to save me from flunking. But Aitmatov saved me even more. I never again thought in clichĂ©s about Russians and the many other peoples in the gigantic empire that was soon to crumble.”

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