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Abram Tertz is the pseudonym of Andrei Sinyavsky, the exile Soviet dissident author whose works were in comparison to fabulists like Kafka and Borges. Tertz's settings are unique yet widespread and as compelling as these of lunatics and mystics. This variation includes the nightmarish "Pkhentz," a narrative lacking from the 1st English edition.

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