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12 February 2022

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The Long Song of Tchaikovsky Street: A Russian Adventure Pieter Waterdrinker, translated by Paul Evans

Scribe, pp.416, 18.99

‘One morning in late October 1988,’ begins TheLong Song of Tchaikovsky Street, ‘this dapper-looking guy from Leiden asked me if I might be able to deliver 7,000-odd Bibles to the Soviet Union.’ It’s the kind of line you might hear in a bar when you accidentally catch the eye of the resident storyteller — a tale so implausible it could just be true.

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