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Review: The Sum Total of Violations, by Regina Derieva

Susan Geddes, The Scotland-Russia Forum Review, June 2009

ONE of my first dips into this book was at the poem Grasp:

Life is an inn,
where you spend one night only
and in the morning
they find you dead.

I realised at this point that getting into Derieva's work would be something of a journey. To quote the translator, Daniel Weissbort, one works one's way in and then has to work very hard to find a way out again...