Waking the Tempests: Ordinary Life in the New Russia
Waking the Tempests is about how ordinary Russians are struggling to survive the revolution from Communism to Capitalism in the 1990s. Reporter Eleanor Randolph takes us to Soviet hospitals and new Russian sex clinics, to old communal apartments and new suburbs, to decrepit schools and new private academies. She interviews ballerinas and priests, murderers and ordinary people fighting a tidal wave of crime. She stands with old women peddling plastic toys in the markets and interviews the head of the Bolshoi ballet school. From Moscow to the East, from the Arctic Circle to the southern farmlands, she talks with young men and old women, doctors and conjurers, real estate brokers and newly converted businesswomen - all trying to cope in a world where the rules changed virtually overnight.
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Waking the tempests: ordinary life in the new RussiaUser Review - Book Verdict
Randolph, on assignment for the Washington Post, arrived in Moscow in early 1991 (before the August coup and the disintegration of the USSR) to stay several years. She witnessed four years of revolutionary change personally and through her Russian friends, augmenting her own experiences by traveling extensively and interviewing citizens from many walks of life. This account of her sojourn ranges from the lives of women to pollution, healthcare, and the emerging justice system through the lens of economic change. Randolph gives scant attention to those who have been severely harmed by the changes: pensioners, victims of fraud, and the formerly elite not yet able to adapt to the new economic jungle. Her optimistic and upbeat tone throughout contrasts sharply with the insider's despair of Galna Dutkina's recent Moscow Days (LJ 1/96). For larger international affairs collections.-Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York
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The travails of life in early post-Soviet Russia.