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Tim Shtok

Journalist, writer

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Artem. Electic dawn

The book was to be published by a major Russian publisher in May 2022. In mid-March, however, the publisher informed me that "due to the current political situation," he had received a tacit order not to publish texts that contained anything unflattering about the authorities. Since the publishing house had done much preparatory work for publication by that time, I was asked to edit the text seriously. But I could not agree to censorship that would fundamentally change the basic meaning and message of the work.

Late at night in the lobby of an empty movie theater, Artem meets a girl, whose existence in the modern world is even hard to believe. It is even harder to believe that their feelings are mutual. However, Masha has a secret that she carefully hides, with very serious reasons. Over time, she decides to tell him everything about himself. The truth provokes a whirlpool of events and fundamentally changes Artem's life. He will plunge into the world of big business and high technology. There he will see a great opportunity to improve the lives of ordinary people. But is he ready for the fact that the ruthless, greedy, utterly corrupt, authoritarian state machine will see his good deeds as a threat to its existence?

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After reading the book I was impressed for more than two weeks. I read it in one go, I couldn't stop. It was like watching a thrilling movie instead of reading the book. It's not often that a book is so compelling.

Alana Chelushkina, editor of "IDM" publishing house

Readers Reviews

 Recommended. Powerful and dynamic plot. It reads in the single breath. The story touches on the main arrays of human feelings and emotions, makes you think about the main thing.

okvmatveeva, reader

Рецензия читателя Артема Гопанюка в блоге Дзен:


Good syllable, fast-paced without being mushy, a very easy read for a tired after-work mind.

Ilshat Khamitov, reader


About Tim

Professional journalist. born and raised in Moscow, on Old Arbat.

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