Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia
Resurrection plunges the reader directly into the thick of events so that one all but feels Yeltsin's breath upon one's face - he is drunk one day, in command the next, as volatile as the fragmented country he tries to lead. Remnick's new Russia springs to life through vivid portraits of its players: the half-Jewish anti-Semite Zhirinovsky, "a hater, a crank, a nut"; the young (and purged) economist Yegor Gaidar, champion of "shock therapy" and market reform; Vladimir Gusinsky, Russia's Citizen Kane ("a first-generation capitalist living in a jungle world with few rules or restraints"); Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who returned from a twenty-year exile to find a country freed from communism but still steeped in misery - and nostalgia. These portraits emerge against a background dominated by the war in Chechnya, which Remnick visits in a bloody and unforgettable chapter, and a Moscow in turbulent transition.
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But , insofar as I know the president and his motives , I do not think he has any
intention of becoming a dictator . " There were more than enough people who
called on Yeltsin to become an unabashed autocrat . A poll published in Izvestia
rms point , however , the characters would become lost . They were like puppets
whose strings had suddenly been cut . And then I would begin to write according
to noncanonical laws and do strange and terrible things to my characters .
Under Yeltsin , Kremlin power has become almost as remote from the people it
presumably serves as it was under the last general secretaries . In its arrogance ,
in the way it so rarely deigns to answer the questions of the press , Yeltsin ' s ...
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RESURRECTION: The Struggle for a New RussiaUser Review - Kirkus
It would be hard for New Yorker writer Remnick to do anything quite as good as his Pulitzer Prizewinning Lenin's Tomb (1993), but his study of Russia since 1991 shows all the restless intelligence ... Read full review
Resurrection: the struggle for a new RussiaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this follow-up to Lenin's Tomb (LJ 6/15/93), which focused on the collapse of the USSR, Remnick concentrates on the post-Soviet scene and its prospects. We meet a rich variety of personalities ... Read full review
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