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Pyka Yuz Aleshkovsky

Pyka

Yuz Aleshkovsky

Published
ISBN : 9780898300154
Paperback
314 pages
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THE HAND, originally published in Russian as RUKA (1980), takes its name from the narrator, who is known as “The Hand” because of his large and powerful hands. Colonel Bashov has been in the service of the Soviet security police for forty years whenMoreTHE HAND, originally published in Russian as RUKA (1980), takes its name from the narrator, who is known as “The Hand” because of his large and powerful hands. Colonel Bashov has been in the service of the Soviet security police for forty years when the novel opens. It was Joseph Stalin who first called him The Hand. Over the years, Bashov has perfected many effective methods of physical and psychological torture. He is able to wrap one of his giant hands around the head of a prisoner and squeeze until his victim is rendered helpless or dead. The main focus of his monologue, though, is the arrest and interrogation of Citizen Gurov. Gurov was a member of a Communist brigade that murdered Bashov’s father and many others of his village when he was a child.