ElComercio.es – Nikolai Lilin: “Living is not important, matter how you live and how to die”
Barcelona, 16 Sea (EFE).- Lilin is tattoo artist Nikolai, former soldier, ex-convict and, now, successful writer after publishing “Siberian Education”, which portrays the Siberian hookers, a community of “honest criminals” where, says, “does not matter if a person lives or dies, matter how you live and how you die”.
Candle, He was born and grew up under its rules, He has explained in an interview with EFE that “life is not important, the important thing is how you do at the peak”, What has been added that if the die “samples courage, you remember well, But if it die like a dog, Remember you wrong”.
The history of the author of “Siberian Education” (Salamandra), It resembles the Italian Roberto Saviano, threatened by the Italian mafia, Although the threats to Lilin come from the Russian mafia and of Islamic groups that condemn their skeptical attitude to religion and their participation in the war in Chechnya.
In “Siberian Education”, Lilin interspersed his childhood memories with the stories of the elders of the community in shaping an environment where “the violence was part of normal” and constituted, According to Lilin, “a form of communication, a way to interact with the world”.
The urcas was “a Christian society but with strong pagan roots” where was “Wild laws of nature” and where children received “a tough education” who killed to live following, that Yes, strict rules which dictated that “He could not kill for pleasure”, explained writer.
The urcas were deported by Stalin from Siberia to Transnistria, a strip lying between Moldova and Ukraine which was proclaimed independent in 1990 and that no State has recognized.
In Transnistria the urcas, they were bandits in Siberia, They fought communism with extreme violence and imposed its own rules.
“The urcas of my book - has specified- they are my vision of how the world would have been” and it has been rebuilt, not without difficulty, from the stories elderly trusted him when he was small, “very difficult because at that moment I had ten or twelve years and eighty of them”.
Lilin is planning a nostalgic vision of a community and values which have disappeared and has been of the opinion: “Although I do not think that they are just laws, they existed and deserve to be remembered because they were the basis of a culture and a time that no longer exists”.
Perhaps for this reason, the children of “Siberian Education” they have air of medieval knights in noble mission when they throw molotov cocktails against police, They riddled shot her friend Xiusa violators or cut the ligaments of the knees of his enemies to blades in neighborhood quarrels.
The Lilin words point to a very different reality and, If possible, more raw: “I was born in a time when the communities of the Soviet Union were losing their identity and we had caught the worst of the Western world”, It has been reported.
Lilin explained that, to escape from a world of extreme violence where his friends were becoming drug addicts, hid in the world of the elderly because, with his grandfather, life seemed more honest, fairer and, as a teenager, He used the sport to move away and take a step towards a life in your environment “I could not dream”.
The writer who lived in Italy maintains its link through tattoos that the urcas printed on the skin the most important experiences of his life in a language that only they know and that Lilin learned from child.
During the interview, Nikolai Lilin does not reveal the meaning of the somewhat faded feathers symbols that shines in the hands, the arms and neck, Although the track of what has been important for him in recent times gives it a tattoo of recent aspect which reads “Siberian education” which overlap a cross, a pistol and a “Pica”, the automatic knife a child Nikolai pulled against his enemies in dogfights against kids kids. EFE