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- DescriptionThousands of specialists throughout the world study the Soviet Union from every conceivable angle and for good reason; the policies of the USSR and the attitudes of the Soviet leaders are among the main factors that will determine the future of mankind. It is all very well for Kremlilogists to speculate about the Brezhnevs, Andropovs, and other Soveit leaders. Yet we kw little about them. But is it t just as important to learn something about the Russian people? Can we perhaps kw more about them? In Klaus Mehnert approaches the Russians in a highly original way. Taking as his cue the axiom, By kwing what you read, I kw what you are, he questioned Russian readers about their favorite books and authors. For one month in 1981, 1982, and 1983, he traveled through the USSR as far as eastern Siberia, pestering, as he puts it, countless individuals, librarians, and bookstore employees about the Russians' favorite fiction. In the crucial last part of his study, Mehnert describes the authors, some of whom he kws personally, and their works in order to draw conclusions about the Russians' present mood. His discoveries are full of suprises; Why is village literature so appealing? What is the reason behind the Russians' curious fasination with a war that ended almost four decades ago? Why are so few vels about Moscow and so many about Siberia? Those who wish to kw more about the Russians of today will find fascinating answers to these questions and intriguing summaries of the 111 favorite vels.
- Author(s)Klaus Mehnert,Roman Szporluk
- PublisherHoover Institution Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication15/10/1983
- SubjectFiction Companions
- Place of PublicationStanford
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHoover Institution Press,U.S.
- Weight680 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine33 mm
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