Gods of the Steppe by Andrei Gelasimov
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Very Russian - or perhaps Soviet is the better term? Set on the steppe, near the Chinese boarder, during World War II and very very bleak. I had to keep reminding myself that Petka was twelve, because he acted so much younger than that. And the aimlessness of the story around Petka's life just held no interest for me. Much more interesting was the history of the Japanese samurai clan from which Hirotaro is descended, but that was so outside the rest of the story that it didn't matter.
As the rating indicates, DNF.