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It's strange to read again at this late date that the Strugatskys were true to the Marxist faith. They certainly weren't dissidents in the usual sense, and they may not have liked capitalism, either; but they certainly didn't think the Soviet Union was really a utopian dream. Don't take my word for it, take Boris Strugatsky's from a 2004 interview:


This is the most complete (and the best) review of Roadside Picnic I've found on the internet. Thank you, John, for "wasting" your time writing this huge analysis. So good.

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