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