Zakhar Prilepin in B O D Y
“What the fuck did you do this for?” One of the policemen, the fat one with emphysema, still couldn’t calm down. “The fucking fuck. Did you build any of this? What right do you have to destroy it?”
No one was in a hurry to answer his question.
Lyosha gazed calmly ahead, and you could read on his face that he didn’t feel the need to answer anyone’s questions.
Sasha could have answered, but his busted lip stung, and he kept licking the blood.
From Zakhar Prilepin’s Sankya, translated from the Russian by Mariya Gusev and Jeff Parker with Alina Ryabovolova and due out from Disquiet on April 29.
Called Russia’s Best Young Novelist in Newsweek, Prilepin has been called a Russian Hemingway and a modern Leo Tolstoy. A former member of the OMON riot police and a veteran of the wars in Chechnya, the writer and journalist has become a high-profile member of the National Bolshevik party.
Read Chapter One here
Photo of Zakhar Prilepin by Max Avdeev