A series of intertwined paired stories that compare and contrast the moral decisions made by various figuressome famous, some infamous, some unknownassociated with the warring authoritarian cultures of Germany and the USSR in the twentieth century.
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'In the small set of America's best contemporary novelists, Vollmann is the perpetual comet. Every two years or so he flashes across the sky with another incredibly learned, incredibly written, incredibly long novel.' - Publishers Weekly.
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