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The Last Man in Russia: and the Struggle to Save a Dying Nation
Price: 39.90 GEL
Author: Oliver Bullough
Language: English
ISBN: 9781846143731
Pages: 284
Weight: 0.532 kg
Status: In Stock

In the 1960s, when the Soviet Union said it was building heaven on earth and brave, non-conformist dissidents lived like free men in the midst of this enormous prison, the Russian nation began to drink itself to death. For a while, government income from vodka surpassed its income from oil. Now, fifty years later; with the Soviet state dismantled, this is still a country where Muscovites might drink a bottle of vodka before breakfast, and where demographers look on with astonishment as the population of the world's largest country continues to fall, far beyond the rate of decline in the West.  In The Last Man in Russia, award-winning writer Oliver Bullough uses the life of an extraordinary Orthodox priest, with equal passions for writing and for saving his fellow citizens from the KGB, to find out why. Following in the footsteps of Father Dmitry, Bullough recunstructs the world he experienced: the famine, the occupation, the war, the frozen wastes of the Gulag, the collapse of communism and the giddy excesses that followed it. While the story of Russia's self-destruction is shrouded in secrecy and denial, with no contemporary documents to aknowledge or explain why so many Russians were seeking oblivion, Dmitry's diaries and sermons are that rare thing: an insight into life in a totalitarian state, unmediated and raw, exposing the deep spiritual sickness born out of the country's long communist experiment. Offering a portrait of Russia like no other, one that traces the current contours of the Russian soul, Oliver Bullough shows that in a country so willing to crush its citizens, there is also courage, resilience and - at last - small, flickering glimmers of hope.

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