Deceit, self-deception and Moscow in A D Miller’s Snowdrops

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Snowdrops reads like a conventional thriller but, despite its stereotypical view of Moscow, Miller’s use of language and its reflection on how our own desires are hidden to ourselves elevates it to another level.

It focuses on Nick, a British expat lawyer living in Moscow. In his mid-thirties, Nick has been there for four or so years, living a hedonistic life. He meets two good looking Russian girls (apparently sisters) on the underground – Masha and Katya – and falls for the former.

Their relationship develops gradually through the novel, with him pursing an elusive Masha and eventually enjoying an ambiguous but enjoyable relationship with this enigmatic Russian. Eventually he helps their Aunt move from a city centre apartment to one outside the city. In turns out, though, that Masha and Katya were swindling the lady – who wasn’t their Aunt, and who they just met on the underground like…

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