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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Our logic was that we should meet and then talk with the others.” When Kravchuk
said that Ukraine would refuse to join a new union of the sort that Gorbachev was
insisting on, the negotiations moved to a far different, a revolutionary, plane.
Little knots of rich people stood around, talking, but still wondering why they were
there. ... While I tried to overhear the talk and check out the Italian suits and the
English shoes, I remembered a conversation I'd had in Moscow six or seven ...
Certainly Yeltsin was talking (when he deigned to talk at all) more about the need
for a strong state, about the glories of Russian history and power. “In fact,” he said
, “Mr. Yeltsin himself accepts more and more of our positions, and it becomes ...
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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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