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 far from all : many people , especially older people , were eager to gaze on
the relics of the old regime , the piti fully rendered artifacts that had once
decorated the halls of Soviet power . A Russian friend and I walked , half
stupefied , past ...
... Kalinin Street is New Arbat Street ; and Gorky Street is Tver ' Street once more .
The process of re - renaming is so widespread that no one knows where anyone
is going — a fairly apt metaphor for just about anything in post - Soviet Russia .
Where once the best - seller lists were filled with titles by Solzhenitsyn , Orwell ,
and Brodsky , they were fast becoming litanies of what Bulgakov called
MASSOLIT . Pulp fiction , selfhelp , all manner of triviality . Larisa Vasilieva , a
Russian pop ...
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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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