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Bertha_Mason

"I‘m a drinking man. Why do I drink? I don‘t like my life. I want to do an impossible somersault and, with the help of alcohol, transport myself to another place where everything is good and beautiful."
Big mood.

The_Real_Nani I found this book fascinating but it was taking me too long to read so I DNF‘d! 4h
Bertha_Mason @The_Real_Nani I'm glad you got so much out of it. :) Sorry it took so long to read. 3h
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Bertha_Mason

"By the very entrance of the Metro, I can still hear snatches of a drunken folk ditty: "All the bad stuff can fuck off! And the good stuff fuck right on!""
-author commentary
Mood.

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Bertha_Mason

I haven't attributed the interview quotes because so far the author hasn't. My best guess is that the interviewees asked to remain anonymous.

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Vivlio_Gnosi

Adding this #Nonfiction #historical account of the 9/11 attacks to my #TBR stack.
Love this #investigative author.

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Bertha_Mason

"My father‘s brother never returned. Vanished. We still don‘t know whether it was in jail or the camps. It was hard for me, but I asked her the question that had been tormenting me, "Aunt Olga, why did you [turn him in]?" [She said,] "Show me an honest person who survived Stalin‘s time.""

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Bertha_Mason

"When it comes down to it, there is no such thing as chemically pure evil."

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Bertha_Mason

The Russian transition to capitalism reminds me of a kid who gets caught smoking and their parents make them smoke the whole pack. 😢😭

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Bertha_Mason

"Solzhenitsyn came back from America, and everyone fell at his feet. But he didn‘t understand us, and we didn‘t understand him. He was a foreigner. He‘d returned to Russia but found Chicago in its place…"

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Bertha_Mason

"Today, they accuse us of fighting for capitalism…That‘s not true! I was defending socialism, but some other kind, not the Soviet kind—that‘s what I was standing up for! Or at least that‘s what I thought."

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