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Why did Injured tell the other players to focus on trapping the ball cleanly?

In the original what Injured says is — Значить, так, — сказав, — усім відпрацьовувати. Ясно? Here відпрацьовувати means pretty much work your ass off. Nothing about the ball. In Russian translation ...
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Why was the Gypsy so annoyed about being asked if they have tonic and gin at the bar?

Gin and tonic is a very popular drink, and its ingredients are also used in many other drinks. It is odd and unusual for a bar to be unable to provide it. Olga is probably flustered at having what ...
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Was there a book written about jazz in the Donetsk region?

In Ukrainian it is "Історія і занепад джазу у Донецькому басейні". When googling this, you can find only two relevant texts (both in Ukrainian). I understand that it is Zhadan's own way to ...
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What did Herman mean when he claimed that operators monitor people's conversations?

Operators certainly have listened in on conversations, particularly in the days when all connections were made manually. If for no other reason that to have something to gossip about. (Especially ...
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What is the Ukrainian equivalent of a community college?

According to Wikipedia, there isn’t really an exact equivalent to community college, but the lowest level of accreditation for post-secondary education is the technical school and some graduates of ...
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Is there an abandoned Soviet airport near Luhansk?

Perhaps the Staryy Aerodrom near Vovchansk, in the north of Ukraine very near the Russian border. It's in the Kharkiv oblast of Ukraine, but on the eastern side of that, relatively near the Luhansk ...
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Why did the priest arrive in an ambulance?

We see the ambulance being used as what amounts to a community taxi elsewhere in the book. As the novel says, that's just how things worked there. Evidently, the alcohol was demolishing him—after ...
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