" This is written (and well translated) in a spare style that perfectly suits the subject matter, the main character who tells the story, and the environment in which he lives. The "thirst" is for vodka, vast quantities of which are consumed as the pages are turned. The protagonist is a veteran of the war in Chechnya, reunited with his former comrades in arms, with whom he shared a traumatic experience. I don't want to give the story away, but suffice it to say that although it may seem grim and tough on the outside, it has a little soft center. It is about childhood, trauma, identity, and waiting, as time passes and erodes feelings. Recommended! "
— Emma, 1/19/2014