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- DescriptionRussia today is a world in a dark limbo. The body politic is diseased, the state in collapse. Yet for all the signs of encroaching doom, Russians do t fear the future. They fear the past. Russians have long kwn theirs is t a land that develops and progresses. It careens, heaves, and all too often sinks. Once again, Russia stands at a crossroads getting by on little but faith, vodka and a blithe indifference to the moral and financial bankruptcy looming from all sides. Andrew Meier's stunning debut explains a state in collapse; how millions of Russians have been displaced by the death of an ideology. It seeks to explain how the Russian government can increase defence spending by 50% whilst the poverty line cuts through a third of its households, and the people face epidemics of AIDS, TB, alcoholism and suicide. Russia's story is told through the voices of Russians who live at the five corners of the nation. It is a dramatic portrait of Russia at a time when the old regime has given way, but the new has yet to take hold. Meier has travelled to the extremes - rth to Norilsk above the Arctic Circle; east to Sakhalin, south to Vladikavkaz and west to St. Petersburg. And to Moscow. His writing is classic, poised, poignantly observant and richly human. No one has yet captured the historical, cultural and political disintegration of Russia as well as Andrew Meier.
- Author BiographyAndrew Meier graduated from Oxford University in 1989. In 1996 he was awarded the Alicia Patterson Fellowship to report on the ethnic conflicts in the former Soviet Union. He is now Moscow correspondent for Time and writes extensively for the New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Harpers, Wired. He also reports for both PBS and NPR.
- Author(s)Andrew Meier
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Date of Publication15/11/2004
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content NoteIllustrations, maps
- Weight365 g
- Width130 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine38 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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