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Stephen Komarnyckyj

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Bastards?

By Steve Komarnyckyj, Mar 26 2014 09:11AM

We spent five minutes discussing how to translate "Toptanyk". Okay it means illegitimate (how I hate that word in this context) children. Bastards is too strong, so we have opted for "love children" after a brief flirtation with "off cuts" (yes I know that doesn't make sense either but somehow seemed to capture the earthy feel of the original). The kids themselves are the product of a brief fling between a farm tractor driver and a district nurse who ends up hiding naked in a wardrobe. Episodic Memory is a deeply philosophical novel but one that embraces all of life, and goes to the heart of what it meant to be homo sovieticus.

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