> With empathy, imagination and research (and a dab of true grit), good > writers can fake experience and background, but the casual, almost
> subconscious nuance of culture's really tricky.
I am way late to the party, but I finally read Tom Rob Smith's CHILD 44 last week. Wow!
I mention it here because it struck me as a heavily researched book, but I have read in multiple interviews that Smith did not set out to achieve that. I suspect that someone more familiar with Stalin-era Russia would agree, even as it was extremely informative for someone like me.
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