"In Russia, as everywhere, writers have always been conscious of the power of dress—both in life and on the page. Clothes are almost as ancient an artifact of culture as language itself, and in the long period in which they have co-existed, people have not failed to notice the many analogies between textiles and texts, and a rich vestimentary vocabulary of threads, yarns, and denouements, of cloaking and unmasking, continues to be used to describe linguistic creativity, in Russian as in English..." – By James Rann
"The Booker Prize is the most influential literary award in the English-speaking world. It is also famously a profit windfall for the UK publisher of that year’s winning novel. Sales in the hundreds of thousands of copies are de rigeur for the publishing houses responsible for putting forth candidate novels, with the five leading publishing houses (Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster) reaping vast monetary rewards for carrying a Booker winner. ..." – By Chris Holmes
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