And we're moving on. From mind-boggling science fiction to heart-breaking reality. I had a dubious pleasure of reading The Ukranian and Russian Notebooks: Life and Death under Soviet Rule, a non-fiction graphic novel by the Italian artist Igort. It's a collection of stories told by survivors of Holodomor (the government-sanctioned famine) and the Communist oppression in Ukraine, as well as those who lived through the second Chechen war.
The first story is that of Serafima Andreyevna, a woman who survived Holodomor when she was just a little girl:
"... And there were some kids I played with there Yura, Misha and Kostya. They died one after the other. When it happened everyone knew. There were no funerals, nothing like that. The house would be closed up, and soon after that you'd see smoke coming from the chimney."