Ever wonder what life is like in contemporary Russia? Journalist Oleg Kashin offers a strange, surreal glimpse in his novel Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life under Putin—now available from Restless Books. Reminiscent of the works of Mikhail Bulgakov, the novel centers around a young scientist who invents a growth serum that leads to farsical and tragic consequences. On a more serious note, two months after delivering the manuscript to his publisher, Mr. Kashin was severely beaten in an attack with ties to the highest levels of government; fortunately, he recovered and now resides in Switzerland.