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Yama: The Pit
First published in installments between 1909 and 1915, Yama offers a portrait of life in a brothel located on the south coast of Russia (the model city is Odessa). The author's spokesman is jack-of-all-trades and sometime journalist named Platonov, who hangs out at the place and makes lots of little speeches. We see a college student try unsuccessfully to "rescue" a young prostitute, a white slaver who repeatedly marries young things from the provinces a...