The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

By Masha Gessen

A chilling and unflinching portrait of 1 of the main fearsome figures in global politics.
 
       In 1999, the “Family” surrounding Boris Yeltsin went trying to find a successor to the in poor health and more and more unpopular president. Vladimir Putin, with little or no governmental or administrative experience—he’d been deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, and in brief, director of the key police—nevertheless appeared the ideal selection: a “faceless” creature whom Yeltsin and his cronies may mould of their personal picture. Russia and an infatuated West have been made up our minds to determine in him the innovative chief in their dreams—even as Putin, with ruthless potency, dismantled the country’s media, wrested regulate and wealth from the company type, and destroyed the delicate mechanisms of democracy. inside a couple of short years, almost each crisis to his unbridled regulate was once got rid of and each opposing voice silenced, with political competitors and critics pushed into exile or to the grave.
       Masha Gessen has skilled and stated this heritage firsthand, and brings it as much as its current second of unrest and uncertainty. Her spellbinding account of Putin’s upward push and reign will stand as a vintage of narrative nonfiction.

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One Night in Winter: A Novel (P.S. (Paperback))

By Simon Sebag Montefiore

Inspired by means of a real tale, prize-winning historian and acclaimed novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the implications of forbidden love during this heartbreaking epic of marriage, early life, possibility, and betrayal that unfolds in Stalin's Moscow in the course of the bleak days after global battle II.

As Moscow celebrates the motherland's wonderful victory over the Nazis, photographs ring out at the crowded streets. On a close-by bridge, a teenage boy and girl—dressed in conventional nineteenth-century costumes—lie useless. yet this can be no traditional tragedy, simply because those are not any traditional young ones. because the son and daughter of high-ranking Soviet officers, they attend the main elite institution in Moscow. was once it an twist of fate, or homicide? Is it a conspiracy opposed to Stalin, or one among his personal terrifying intrigues?

On Stalin's directions, a ruthless research starts off into what turns into often called the kid's Case. early life around the urban are arrested and compelled to testify opposed to their associates and their mom and dad. As households are ripped aside, every kind of secrets and techniques come spilling out. Trapped on the heart of this witch-hunt are pairs of illicit enthusiasts, who examine that issues of the guts specific a negative fee. through turns a darkly refined political mystery, a wealthy old saga, and a deeply human love tale, Montefiore's masterful novel powerfully portrays the fear and drama of Stalin's Russia.

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The Cowboy and the Cossack (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries)

By Clair Huffaker, Nancy Pearl

Fifteen Montana cowboys sail into Vladivostok with a herd of 5 hundred longhorns, able to move one thousand miles of Siberian barren region. whilst a band of Cossacks, Russia’s elite horsemen and warriors, exhibits as much as escort those tough and prepared american citizens to their vacation spot, the conflict of cultures starts off. The feud among American six shooter and Russian saber is embodied in males: Shad, the chief of the Montana cowboys, and Rostov, the Cossack commander. Nature and guy are enemies that may strength them to paintings together—and a ruthless Tartar military that stands among them and their vacation spot. The code of the cowboy West and the credo of the Cossack East appear to be various measures of a man—but honor and braveness are a similar in any language while a standard enemy has to be confronted. Lonesome Dove meets Dr. Zhivago during this rousing story of West meets East within the days of the Russian Tsars and the Wild West.

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Russian Imperialism: Development and Crisis

By Ariel Cohen

The fall of the Soviet Union used to be some of the most dramatic occasions of this century. It used to be additionally some of the most magnificent. proof of the USSR's drawing close fall used to be abundantly to be had either in concept within the writings on empires and at the flooring. but, sooner than its downfall, the very career that really expert within the learn of the Soviet Union held no consensus that the USSR was an empire first of all. probably simply because many Sovietologists overlooked its prestige as an empire, such a lot americans have been taken thoroughly suddenly while the USSR all started its precipitous cave in lower than Mikhail Gorbachev.

This ebook matters the Soviet Union as an empire to systematic scrutiny, utilizing instruments and techniques on the disposal of recent political technology. overseas coverage experts, security specialists, and Russian zone analysts will locate this publication crucial. The publication is additionally suggested for undergraduate and graduate classes in Russian and Soviet heritage and the examine of empires.

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Cancer Ward: A Novel (FSG Classics)

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Cancer Ward examines the connection of a gaggle of individuals within the melanoma ward of a provincial Soviet health center in 1955, years after Stalin's loss of life. We see them lower than basic situations, and in addition reexamined on the 11th hour of affliction. jointly they signify a awesome cross-section of up to date Russian characters and attitudes. The reports of the relevant personality, Oleg Kostoglotov, heavily replicate the author's personal: Solzhenitsyn himself grew to become a sufferer in a melanoma ward within the mid-1950s, on his free up from a exertions camp, and later recovered. Translated via Nicholas Bethell and David Burg.

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Putin's Opponents: Enemies of the People

During the last decade and a part, a starting to be checklist of Russian reporters, human rights activists, political figures, and oligarchs have ended up at the incorrect part of the legislations, in exile, or worse. even though a lot continues to be unsolved, those Russians all appear to have something in universal – competition to President Vladimir Putin. during this booklet, we hint the thread of situations and occasions affecting Putin’s rivals throughout the cameras and reporting of the linked Press.

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A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia

By Ekaterina Pravilova

"Property rights" and "Russia" don't frequently belong within the comparable sentence. relatively, our basic photograph of the kingdom is of lack of confidence of non-public possession and defenselessness within the face of the kingdom. Many students have attributed Russia's long term improvement difficulties to a failure to increase estate rights for the trendy age and blamed Russian intellectuals for his or her indifference to the problems of possession. A Public Empire refutes this broadly shared traditional knowledge and analyzes the emergence of Russian estate regimes from the time of Catherine the good via international struggle I and the revolutions of 1917. most significantly, A Public Empire indicates the emergence of the hot practices of possessing "public issues" in imperial Russia and the makes an attempt of Russian intellectuals to reconcile the protection of estate with the beliefs of the typical reliable.

The publication analyzes how the idea that sure objects--rivers, forests, minerals, historic monuments, icons, and Russian literary classics--should accede to a couple form of public prestige built in Russia within the mid-nineteenth century. expert specialists and liberal politicians recommended for a estate reform that aimed toward exempting public issues from deepest possession, whereas the tsars and the imperial govt hired the rhetoric of shielding the sanctity of non-public estate and resisted makes an attempt at its quandary.

Exploring the Russian methods of puzzling over estate, A Public Empire seems at difficulties of nation reform and the formation of civil society, which, because the e-book argues, might be rethought as a means of developing "the public" during the reform of estate rights.

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The Sacred Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky (Media, Feminism, Cultural Studies)

THE SACRED CINEMA OF ANDREI TARKOVSKY a huge new research of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986), director of 7 characteristic motion pictures, together with replicate, Andrei Roublyov, Solaris and The Sacrifice. This booklet explores each element of Andrei Tarkovsky's output within the such a lot precise style - together with scripts, funds, creation, taking pictures, enhancing, digital camera, sound, song, appearing, subject matters, symbols, motifs, and spirituality. Tarkovsky's movies are analyzed intensive, with scene-by-scene discussions. this can be a major addition to movie reviews, the main painstaking learn of Andrei Tarkovsky's paintings on hand. Andrei Tarkovsky is likely one of the so much attention-grabbing of filmmakers. he's supremely romantic, an old school, conventional artist - at domestic within the corporation  Leonardo da Vinci, Pieter Brueghel, Aleksandr Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoievsky and Byzantine icon painters. Tarkovsky is a magician, absolute confidence, yet argues for demystification (even whereas  films have a good time mystery). His movies are packed with magical occasions, desires, reminiscence sequences, a number of viewpoints, a number of time zones and peculiar occurrences. As style motion pictures, Andrei Tarkovsky's video clips are probably the most complete in cinema. As technology fiction motion pictures, Stalker and Solaris haven't any superiors, and extremely few friends. in simple terms the best sci-fi motion pictures can fit them: city, King Kong, shut Encounters of the 3rd sort and 2001: an area Odyssey. Tarkovsky fortunately and methodically rewrote the principles of the sci-fi style: Stalker and Solaris are certainly no longer regimen style outings. they do not have the monsters, the extraterrestrial beings, the visible results, the battles, the laser weapons, the stunts and motion set-pieces of normal technological know-how fiction videos. not anyone may deny that Andrei Roublyov is likely one of the maximum old motion pictures to discover the center a long time, up there with The 7th Seal, El Cid, The Navigator and Pier Paolo Pasolini's 'Life' trilogy. when you pass judgement on Andrei Roublyov by way of old accuracy, epic spectacle, critical topics, or cinematic poetry, it comes out on the most sensible. eventually, within the non secular movie style, The Sacrifice and Nostalghia are probably the greatest in cinema, the equals of the easiest of Ingmar Bergman, Luis Bunuel, Robert Bresson and Carl-Theodor Dreyer. includes a hundred and fifty illustrations, of Andrei Tarkovsky's motion pictures, Tarkovsky at paintings, his contemporaries, and his favorite painters.   Bibliography, filmographies and notes. Illustrated. 696pp. ISBN 9781861710284. www.crmoon.com CONTENTS Acknowledgements 17 Abbreviations 19 Illustrations: Andrei Tarkovsky At paintings 23 zero advent 33 P A R T O N E T H E A R T I S T 1 The Poetry of Cinema fifty five 2 faith and Cinema seventy five three Andrei Tarkovsky and the non secular movie a hundred and five four The movie picture 123 five The Mysteries of area and Time 137 6 Symbols and Motifs a hundred and fifty five 7 The Worlds of Andrei Tarkovsky a hundred seventy five eight Sound and track 187 nine creation 203 10 Andrei Tarkovsky and portray 235 eleven Philosophy and faith in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Cinema 261 12 constitution and Narration 281 thirteen youth, kin and personality 293 14 Love, Gender and Sexuality 305 P A R T T W O T H E F I L M S 15 Ivan’s formative years 317 sixteen the fervour in line with Andrei Roublyov: Andrei Roublyov 335 17 Solaris 369 18 past the reflect: reflect 401 19 Into the wilderness: religion and the search in Stalker 437 20 The Angel less than the Water: Nostalghia 467 21 the final word Act: The Sacrifice 495 22 serious Responses to Andrei Tarkovsky’s Cinema 525 Notes 553 Bibliography 575 Filmography 597 Illustrations 603

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Say It Right in Russian: The Fastest Way to Correct Pronunciation Russian

By Clyde Peters

According to the innovative simply stated Language structures process, Say It correct in Russian makes gaining knowledge of right Russian pronunciation uncomplicated. With Say It correct you'll how you can use 1000s of Russian phrases and words in daily conversation.

This impressive advisor delivers easy-to-read vowel symbols that, while mixed with consonants, make pronunciation effortless. With Say It correct in Russian you will:

Learn greater than 500 crucial Russian phrases and phrases
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