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Biography of one of Russia's most controversial figures.

This is a sweeping account of Limonov's unmistakably epic life, from the cruelty and poverty of his youth in Ukraine, to his conquest of the Western literary scene as an emigre writer in the 1980s, and finally to his return to Russia first as the most minor of rightist revolutionaries, then as a prisoner locked up in the worst Russian prisons. The last chapter involves his bizarre re-emergence as a mainstream political figure, playing at being a respectable supporter of peaceful change.

An entrancing book, it is sure to find an eager audience with those watching events in the former Soviet Union with unease. But it's also a rip-roaringly fun read Read it and you will learn an awful lot about Russia now and in the days of the Soviets.

There are few more enjoyable descriptions of Russia today