To Giangiacomo F.:

I commenced work on my novel Korsakov before the crimes

against humanity committed by the Krinskyite regime were exposed in

the writings of A.S. After briefly considering setting aside the

typescript, I chose to complete it as originally conceived, as

though the tragic reality of the internment of our citizens

had not yet occurred in the imaginary world where my

characters live and work. The similarities between the real and

fictitious are entirely coincidental. I take no pride in my

prescience. I only wish that the failed utopia of the

Krinskyite state lived solely on the pages of my story.

Victor Gruzhin


Paraphrases from the Foreword to the novel The Black Widow by Daniel Silva.