Winner of QSPELL’s Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada. Short-listed for Viacom Canada Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. “Everybody is writing a book about the former Soviet Union. . . . Yes. But. Not everyone is David Manicom. Not every writer has a sensibility sufficiently large to take in the monstrous beauty, the stunning contradictions of the former Imperium. . . . Not every writer is the poet he is.” —Denise Roig, The Gazette.