By Jay Parini
In line with specified learn, this e-book is a novelization of the final days of Leo Tolstoy. The ebook specializes in the stress among Sofya Andreyevna, Tolstoy's spouse, and his latter-day retinue of various sychophants, led through Vladimir Chertkov.
By Ian Frazier
New York instances publication Review impressive ebook of the Year
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In this surprising new paintings from one in all our best and so much wonderful storytellers, Ian Frazier trains his perceptive, beneficiant eye on Siberia. With nice ardour and exuberance, he unearths Siberia's position in history―its technology, economics, and politics―and tells the tales of its most renowned exiles, resembling Dostoyevsky, Lenin, and Stalin. whilst, Frazier attracts a different portrait of Russia because the finish of the Soviet Union, and offers a private account of event between Russian pals and friends. a distinct, eye-catching, completely Frazierian tackle what he calls the "amazingness" of Russia―Travels in Siberia is "a masterpiece of nonfiction writing―tragic, extraordinary, and humorous" (San Francisco Chronicle).
By Victor Pelevin, Andrew Bromfield
The cave in of the Soviet Union has spread out a massive patron industry, yet how do you promote issues to a iteration that grew up with only one kind of cola? whilst Tatarsky, a annoyed poet, takes a role as an ads copywriter, he unearths he has a expertise for placing distinctively Russian twists on Western-style advertisements. yet his luck leads him right into a surreal international of spin medical professionals, gangsters, drug journeys, and the spirit of Che Guevera, who, in terms of a Ouija board, communicates theories of patron theology. A bestseller in Russia, Homo Zapiens monitors the biting absurdist satire that has received Victor Pelevin famous person prestige between trendy Russian early life, disapproval from the conservative Moscow literary international, and demanding acclaim world wide.
This booklet brings to gentle Russia's undeservedly-obscure army prior, rectifying the tendency of yankee and Western army historians to overlook the Russian part of items. Russia, as either a Western and non-Western society, demanding situations our pondering Western army superiority. Russia has regularly struggled with backwardness compared to extra built powers, at a few occasions extra effectively than others. The imperatives of survival in a aggressive foreign setting have, furthermore, produced in Russian society a excessive measure of militarization. whereas together with operational and tactical aspect that appeals to army historical past lovers, this publication at the same time integrates army background into the wider subject matters of Russian background and attracts comparisons to advancements in Europe. The ebook additionally demanding situations outdated assumptions concerning the Russian army. Russian army historical past can't be summed up easily in one inventory word, even if perennial incompetence or luck basically via stolid, stoic safety; it additionally indicates various examples of impressive offensive successes.
Stone strains Russia's attention-grabbing army background, and its lengthy fight to grasp Western army know-how with out Western social and political associations. It covers the army dimensions of the emergence of Muscovy, the disastrous reign of Ivan the bad, and the next construction of the recent Romanov dynasty. It offers with Russia's emergence as a very good energy below Peter the good and culminating within the defeat of Napoleon. After that triumph, the booklet argues, Russia's social and financial stagnation undermined its huge, immense army energy and taken catastrophic defeat within the Crimean warfare. The publication then covers imperial Russia's lengthy fight to reform its army laptop, with combined ends up in the Russo-Japanese battle and international conflict I. The Russian Revolution created a brand new Soviet Russia, yet this e-book exhibits the continuity throughout that divide. The Soviet Union's interwar suggestions and its harrowing adventure in international warfare II owed a lot to imperial Russian precedents. A superpower after the struggle, the Soviet Union's army may well was once bought on the price of continuous fiscal backwardness. sarcastically, the very militarization meant to supply defense as an alternative destroyed the Soviet Union, leaving a brand new Russia in the back of the West economically. simply as there has been loads of continuity after 1917, this ebook demonstrates how the recent Russian army has inherited a lot of its present difficulties from its Soviet predecessor. the fee that Russia has paid for its endured lifestyles as an exceptional strength, accordingly, is the overpowering militarization of its society and economic system, a scenario it keeps to fight with.
By Aaron J. Cohen
Seven prime experts current chapters dedicated to key subject matters in Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politics. these subject matters comprise: the non-public as opposed to the institutional within the political approach; legitimacy and legitimation; and alter and cave in of a mono-organizational society. whereas the booklet specializes in those significant issues, person chapters care for wide-ranging or even strange instances: Graeme Gill analyzes the legitimating capabilities of Moscow's structure, Sheila Fitzpatrick makes use of the data to attract an image of Stalin 'the boss' facing his closest colleagues, Eugene Huskey offers a close description of post-Soviet Russian pantouflage, and Archie Brown and Peter Reddaway current their assorted takes on Gorbachev and the Soviet cave in. Stephen Fortescue offers an summary of policy-making methods from Lenin and Putin, and Leslie Holmes updates the concept that of goal-rational legitimacy.
This article deals a distillation via a bunch of students in their adventure of the post-Soviet years. research of the post-Soviet panorama is followed via meditations at the impression of the publish Soviet transition on either coverage makers and lecturers. The booklet as a result examines either assumptions of transition and reconsiders the adventure of Soviet communism within the mild of its dying.
By Avril Pyman
This ebook is the 1st distinctive background of the Russian Symbolist circulation, which served because the seedbed of Existentialism and Modernism in Russia. It reassesses the symbolists' achievements within the mild of recent examine, concentrating on their literary works. Prose is quoted in English translation and poetry is given within the unique Russian with prose translations. there's a helpful bibliography of basic resources and an intensive chronological appendix. This ebook will fill a long-felt hole for college kids and lecturers of Russian and comparative literature, symbolism, modernism, and pre-revolutionary Russian tradition.
By Masha Gessen
Efter att ha kommit until makten som premiärminister och därefter president i Ryssland 1999 har Vladimir Putin gradvis utmanövrerat och eliminerat sina politiska rivaler. Han har nedmonterat landets sköra demokrati, inte minst genom sitt järnhårda grepp om medierna.
Som verksam i Ryssland har den rysk-amerikanska journalisten Masha Gessen själv upplevt denna förändring och fått bevittna hur flera av hennes vänner och kolleger trakasserats och försvunnit less than oklara omständigheter. Hon företräder den new release som satsade allt på frihetens och demokratins väg för Ryssland efter Sovjetunionens fall. I dag hör hon until dem som går i främsta ledet i demonstrationerna mot valfusk och vanstyre.
Mannen utan ansikte är en sensationell, modig och upprörande berättelse om Putins väg until makten. Den ger en unik och initierad bild av en skrupelfri och manipulerande ledare för ett av världens största och mäktigaste länder.
Ur bokens förord av Stig Fredrikson: "Masha Gessen beskriver Rysslands moderna historia inifrån. Hon är en journalist som varit med själv. Hon har upplevt och rapporterat om alla de viktigaste händelserna i Ryssland de senaste tjugo åren som korrespondent för amerikanska och ryska tidskrifter. Dessutom bygger boken på en omfattande och imponerande examine. Den är ett stycke klassisk undersökande journalistik, och Masha Gessen har delvis haft tillgång until eventually källor som inte har berättat tidigare. Det gör boken mer övertygande, och skrämmande. Att hon har fått vissa nyckelpersoner att ställa upp och framträda med namn, i stället för att citera anonyma källor, stärker i hög grad hennes framställning. Masha Gessen är medveten om att innehållet i boken är politisk dynamit. Hon vet också att hon i fortsättningen förmodligen riskerar sin personliga säkerhet. Spåren förskräcker. Av alla Putinböckerna i min bokhylla är det fram until nu en som har stuckit ut: den som Anna Politkovskaja skrev om "Putins Ryssland". Nu kommer Masha Gessens bok att stå bredvid Politkovskajas, med hopp om att hon inte ska behöva dela hennes öde."