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The Last Empire was co-authored by a father and son. This type of joint authorship, one of the rarest in world literature, has in this case proven immensely successful, allowing the authors to incorporate the perspectives of two generations on the described events. As a result, the story of a father’s return to his native country to help his son whose life is in danger has taken an unusually vivid and dynamic form.
Having lived in Russia for a long time, the place where a significant part of the novel is set, the authors present the readers with the real face of a country overgrown with countless myths. As a result, The Last Empire, albeit a work of art, contains a candid account of events that occurred in the largest country of the world at the turn of the twenty-first century. And even though the story told in the novel may at first glance strike the reader as unthinkable, one is well reminded that reality may at times be far more surreal than any fiction.