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  • A meta question. I heard this novel was heavily censored originally by the Soviet Union, but I can't find any information on why it was censored. Does anyone know?
    • In the afterword of the recent SF Masterworks edition, translated by Olena Bormashenko, Boris Strugatsky mentions an 18-page document of comments left by their language editors, which concerned the implied 'immoral' behaviour, violence and language of the protagonists. In reality, the Strugatsky Brothers were being censored for their attacks on the bureaucratic Soviet society through the novel's rebellious Stalkers.

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