Figures in a Red Landscape
by Pilar Bonet, Norman Thomas di Giovanni
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- Release date: May 1, 1993
- Language: english
- Author: Pilar Bonet, Norman Thomas di Giovanni
- ISBN: 9780943875453 (0943875455)
- Format: hardcover, 168 pages
- Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
About The Book
A newspaper editor from a village in the Urals fights to bring glasnost to the provinces. A group of peasants experiments with private agriculture, recreating a world destroyed by collectivization in the 1920s. A model “Soviet Man” refuses to lose faith in socialism. An Orthodox priest describes his vision of tolerance for his vast country — two days before his violent assassination. In Figures in a Red Landscape journalist Pilar Bonet offers a series of compelling portraits of ordinary — and extraordinary — Soviet citizens at a time of dramatic change. Capturing hopes and fears inspired by the historic events of 1990 and 1991, when Bonet traveled to many areas of the Soviet Union conducting interviews, these are memorable accounts of people directly involved in a variety of incidents and issues — from the ecological catastrophe of the Aral Sea to the fate of oil workers in Siberia, from the seeds of anti-communism to the rise of Boris Yeltsin, from the problems of a market economy to the new challenges of “risk” and “individuality.” “Sometimes all unwittingly,” Bonet has remarked, “the people I was talking to touched on events that still lay in the future and they did not entirely grasp. This book, then, is a kind of documentary. It shows that the people of the former Soviet Union were already preparing for change, even when they did not understand what this change would mean.”
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