Valerii Popov’s Плясать до смерти (Dance to Death or To Dance to Death or Dance to
the Death), a 2012 Big Book finalist, had a stronger and stranger effect on me than I thought it did when I was
reading: if I were a publicist or merchandiser choosing a clichéd one-adjective
description, I’d pick something like “searing.” A warning: it’s awkward to
describe the book without revealing its topic, which I’ll do without providing
too many details, though the term “spoiler” sounds frivolous in the context of Dance to Death.
|Goya's Burial of the Sardine|
is perfect for the cover