Stalin and Satan

Vladimir Sharov, who would have turned seventy this week, died on August 17, 2018, shortly after publishing his ninth novel, Tsarstvo Agamemnona (The Kingdom of Agamemnon). Later that year the Russian-American philosopher and literary scholar Mikhail Epstein coined the term “satanodicy” in an essay arguing that Zhestovsky, the novel’s protagonist, articulates a pattern in Russian … Read more