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A creepy, haunting novel of conspiracy in the tradition of William Gibson, Y.T. follows a group of Ukrainian students who become obsessed with a strategy game that catches the eye of the KGB—who do not like what they find. Leaping between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of Vladimir Putin, Y.T. is a troubling, all too timely vision of authoritarianism and paranoia.

ALEXEI NIKITIN was born in Kiev, Ukraine, USSR, in 1967. He studied physics at Kiev University and spent time in the army after which he worked in the gas and nuclear industries–including devising an emergency system for suppressing dust contamination from the Chernobyl sarcophagus. He published his first story in 1990 and has since published a number of novels and novellas. In 2000 he won the Ukrainian Writers’ Union Korolenko Prize for the year’s best work of fiction in Russian. Y.T. is his first work to be translated into English.