Siberian Education is a memoir about the criminal socialisation of young people from a traditional Urka community, displaced into the small republic of Transnistria, between Moldova and Ukraine. Nicolai Lilin has not so much written a crime biography as a detailed account of an. His previous book, Siberian Education, was also a bestseller in Europe and has been made into a movie with John Malkovich. Lilin lives in Milan, where he has. Start by marking “Siberian Education: Growing up in a criminal underworld” as Want to Read: A riveting true story about growing up in a criminal underworld. By age six Nicolai Lilin had been given his first knife.

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Siberian Education and raised within this exotic subculture, tells the story of his moral education outside the bounds of “society” as we know it, Book Details. Siberian Education is a Italian crime-drama film directed by Gabriele Salvatores. . Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version . Siberian Education way to consume chifir tea (in silence); by comparison, the book's occasional violent scenes are related almost reluctantly.

He does come across as a bit of an all-star Mary Sue, an excellent fighter with a natural brain for poetry and archaic religious Russian, not to mention his phenomenal skills as a tattoo artist which are legit; Lilin runs a tattoo parlour IRL. And Donald Rayfield , a professor of Russian and Georgian, straight-up calls the whole thing "a fantasist's ravings".

Huge factual holes are being found in Lilin's sequel to this book, Free Fall: A Sniper's Story , about his military service in Chechnya—and the odd thing is, Lilin replies to most of these objections with an admission that he made most of it up for literary effect.

So how much of the core of these tales is true?

Maybe not much—he wrote these tales in Italy, in the Italian language, far from his hometown, and he says that the Moldovan invasion's destroyed the society he documented.

So there aren't that many people around who can directly contradict him.

And told up—upon further Googling, I've discovered that the book was never translated into Russian although it was into about 40 other languages and has been dismissed by a Russian journalist as a hoax. Now I'm starting to wonder if Lilin actually is Transnistrian.

Ah well, it's still a hell of a book. If nothing else, it's a tale of what happens on the fringes of Russian culture, making it clear that the former Soviet Union was never as united as it seemed, with huge rivalries between those from the western, Moscow and St Petersburg-dominated side and Georgians, Armenians, Ukrainians and—of course—the Siberians.

Makes you wonder about that upcoming superhero movie, Guardians , with heroes from different former republics, including a bear-man from Siberia. Would they all really have been friends?

The Hollywood Reporter gave to the film a positive review calling it: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Internet Movie Database.

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