Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - History - 511 pages
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A Decade After the Soviet Collapse, Russia remains a country in limbo, a land of vast potential struggling with an unfinished past. Journeying to Russia's five corners -- Moscow, Chechnya, Norilsk, Sakhalin, and St. Petersburg -- Andrew Meier, a former Moscow correspondent for Tune magazine, presents a history of contemporary Russia, a deep map of lands where flew foreigners have ventured. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, Meier explores Russia's unbridled market and often lethal politics. From Chechnya, where he investigates the worst single-day massacre of civilians, to Norilsk, the world's northernmost city, Meier, a bold new voice in political journalism, uncovers a common theme: the need to find meaning amid the Soviet ruins, to unearth -- often literally -- the past in order to preserve it, escape it, or bury it for good. In the tradition of Rebecca West's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Black Earth is a penetrating, riveting view of the new Russia that has emerged in recent years.
  

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Review: Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

There are small flaws I could find with this book if I chose to, but they're quite small and really don't matter: the author introduces so many various people in the book—especially in the chapter on ... Read full review

Review: Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

What was the difference, I asked, between Hitler and Stalin? "Hitler", she replied without pause, "killed only his enemies." An excellent blend of travelogue and journalism, but more of the latter ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
Moscow Zero Gravity
7
South To the Zone
53
North To the SixtyNinth Parallel
159
East To the Breaking Point
233
West The Skazka
309
Moscow Everything Is Normal
385
Acknowledgments
447
Notes
451
Bibliography
481
Photo Credits
497
Index
499
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Andrew Meier, the author of Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall, is a recent Fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers and currently a writer-in-residence at the New School University. He lives in New York City.

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