A worker at a Russian nuclear facility gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In order to provide for his family, he steals some plutonium and sets out to sell it on Moscow’s black market with the help of an incompetent criminal.
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This awkward tragicomedy has more than enough to make it a failure: suspicious pseudo-science, daring imaginings of post-soviet mafia, some ridiculously eloquent characters and fake accent althrough, yet surprisingly it works somehow, managing to be both entertaining and poetically meaningful at times. It took me some to finish it, but is bound to become an artefact worth revisiting now and again. http://ej.uz/pu-239