Honey for the Bears

By Anthony Burgess

"There are so few surely pleasing novels round that we should cheer at any time when one turns up. non-stop, fizzing strength. . . .Honey for the Bears is a triumph."—Kingsley Amis, New York Times

A sharply written satire, Honey for the Bears sends an unassuming antiques broker, Paul Hussey, to Russia to do one ultimate deal at the black marketplace as a prefer for a useless friend's spouse. Even at the ship's voyage throughout, the Russian sensibility starts off to pervade: plenty of secrets and techniques and many vodka. while his American spouse is laid low with a painful rash and he's interrogated at his resort by means of Soviet brokers who comprehend that he's attempting to promote trendy man made attire to the loads starved for type, his precarious internal stability is thrown off for reliable. extra drink follows, discoveries of his wife's illicit affair with one other lady, and his personal submerged sexual emotions come breaking throughout the floor, effervescent up in Russian champagne and caviar.

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Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

Travels with NPR host David Greene alongside the Trans-Siberian Railroad trap an ignored, idiosyncratic Russia within the age of Putin.

Far clear of the modern cafés, dressmaker boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow, the genuine Russia exists.

Midnight in Siberia chronicles David Greene’s trip at the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country journey from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. In quadruple-bunked cabins and stopover cities sprinkled around the country’s snowy panorama, Greene speaks with traditional Russians approximately how their lives have replaced within the post-Soviet years.

These travels provide a glimpse of the hot Russia―a kingdom that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity yet maintains to suffer oppression, corruption, a dwindling inhabitants, and stark inequality.

We keep on with Greene as he reveals chance and difficulty embodied in his fellow educate tourists and in conversations with citizens of cities all through Siberia.

We meet Nadezhda, an entrepreneur who runs a small resort in Ishim, scuffling with via corrupt layers of forms each day. Greene spends a joyous night with a gaggle of babushkas who made foreign headlines as runners-up on the Eurovision making a song pageant. They sing Beatles covers, along their conventional songs, discovering that song and companionship can heal wounds from the previous. In Novosibirsk, Greene has tea with Alexei, who runs the carpet corporation his mom begun after the Soviet cave in and has combined emotions a few govt within which his family members has performed particularly good. And in Chelyabinsk, a hunt for area particles after a meteorite touchdown leads Greene to a tender guy orphaned as undefined, pressured into army carrier, and now understanding if any of his desires are possible.

Midnight in Siberia is a full of life shuttle narrative packed with humor, experience, and perception. It opens a window onto that country’s advanced courting with democracy and provides a unprecedented check out the soul of twenty-first-century Russia.

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Travels in Siberia

By Ian Frazier

New York instances ebook Review amazing publication of the Year
A Boston Globe top ebook of 2010
A Christian technological know-how Monitor most sensible publication of 2010
A San Francisco Chronicle best 10 Books of 2010
A Washington Post most sensible e-book of the Year
A Kansas urban big name 100 top Books of 2010
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best of 2010

In this spectacular new paintings from one in all our best and so much unique storytellers, Ian Frazier trains his perceptive, beneficiant eye on Siberia. With nice ardour and exuberance, he unearths Siberia's function in history―its technology, economics, and politics―and tells the tales of its most famed exiles, equivalent to Dostoyevsky, Lenin, and Stalin. whilst, Frazier attracts a distinct portrait of Russia because the finish of the Soviet Union, and offers a private account of event between Russian neighbors and pals. a different, appealing, completely Frazierian tackle what he calls the "amazingness" of Russia―Travels in Siberia is "a masterpiece of nonfiction writing―tragic, extraordinary, and humorous" (San Francisco Chronicle).

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The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories (Penguin Classics)

By Leo Tolstoy

Listed here are a few of Tolstoy's striking brief tales, from "The dying of Ivan Ilyich." in a masterly new translation, to "The Raid," "The Wood-felling," "Three Deaths," "Polikushka," "After the Ball," and "The cast Coupon," all gripping and eloquent classes on of Tolstoy's so much continual issues: existence and demise. extra experimental than his novels, Tolstoy's tales are crucial interpreting for somebody attracted to his improvement as one of many significant writers and thinkers of his time.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts greater by way of introductions and notes through distinctive students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations by way of award-winning translators.

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The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia

By Angus Roxburgh

Russia lower than Vladimir Putin has proved a prickly associate for the West, a miles cry from the democracy many was hoping for whilst the Soviet Union collapsed. Angus Roxburgh charts the dramatic struggle for Russia’s destiny lower than Vladimir Putin—how the previous KGB guy replaced from reformer to autocrat, how he sought the West’s appreciate yet earned its worry, how he cracked down on his competitors at domestic and burnished a flamboyant character cult, sooner or later saving snow leopards or horse-back driving bare-chested, the following tongue-lashing Western audiences. Drawing on dozens of specific interviews in Russia, the place he labored for a time as a Kremlin insider advising Putin on press family, in addition to within the US and Europe, Roxburgh additionally argues that the West threw away possibilities to deliver Russia in from the chilly, by means of failing to appreciate its fears and aspirations following the cave in of communism. totally up to date following the 2012 presidential election, the hot version of this acclaimed e-book presents a special and penetrating within view of Putin’s Russia.

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Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia

By Marshall I. Goldman

Within the aftermath of the monetary cave in of August 1998, it regarded as though Russia's day as a superpower had come and long gone. That it's going to recuperate and reassert itself after under a decade is little short of an financial and political miracle.

Based on vast learn, together with a number of interviews with Vladimir Putin, this revealing booklet chronicles Russia's dramatic reemergence at the global level, illuminating the most important reason behind its rebirth: using its ever-expanding strength wealth to reassert its conventional nice energy objectives. In his deft, informative narrative, Marshall Goldman lines how this has emerge as, and the way Russia is utilizing its oil-based energy as a lever in global politics. The publication presents an informative evaluation of oil in Russia, lines Vladimir Putin's decided attempt to reign within the upstart oil oligarchs who had risen to energy within the post-Soviet period, and describes Putin's efforts to renationalize and refashion Russia's industries into country businesses and his vaunted "national champions" businesses like Gazprom, principally owned through the country, who do the bidding of the kingdom. Goldman exhibits how Russia paid off its foreign debt and has long gone directly to collect the world's 3rd biggest holdings of foreign currency echange reserves--all via turning into the world's greatest manufacturer of petroleum and the world's moment greatest exporter. this day, Vladimir Putin and his cohort have stabilized the Russian economic climate and recentralized energy in Moscow, and fossil fuels (oil and common gasoline) have made all of it attainable.

The tale of oil and gasoline in Russia is a story of discovery, intrigue, corruption, wealth, misguidance, greed, patronage, nepotism, and gear. Marshall Goldman tells this tale with panache, as just one of the world's best professionals on Russia could.

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Russians: The People behind the Power

By Gregory Feifer

From former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer comes an incisive portrait that attracts on bright own tales to painting the forces that experience formed the Russian personality for centuries-and proceed to take action today.

RUSSIANS explores the seeming paradoxes of existence in Russia via unraveling the character of its humans: what's it of their heritage, their wishes, and their perception of themselves that makes them baffling to the West? utilizing the insights of his decade as a journalist in Russia, Feifer corrects pervasive misconceptions through displaying that a lot of what seems to be inexplicable concerning the kingdom is logical while noticeable from the interior. He will get to the guts of why the world's prime power manufacturer maintains to exasperate many within the overseas neighborhood. And he makes transparent why President Vladimir Putin continues to be renowned whilst the space widens among the super-rich and the good majority of poor.

Traversing the world's biggest state from the violent North Caucasus to Arctic Siberia, Feifer performed enormous quantities of intimate conversations approximately every thing from intercourse and vodka to Russia's advanced courting with the area. From fabulously filthy rich oligarchs to the destitute aged babushki who beg in Moscow's streets, he tells the tale of a society bursting with power lower than a management rooted in culture and infrequently at the fringe of cave in regardless of its authoritarian power.

Feifer additionally attracts on formative reports in Russia's previous and illustrative workings of its tradition to shed much-needed gentle at the purposely hidden functioning of its society sooner than, in the course of, and after communism. Woven all through is an intimate, first-person account of his kinfolk historical past, from his Russian mother's coming of age between Moscow's bohemian inventive elite to his American father's harrowing vodka-fueled run-ins with the KGB.

What emerges is a unprecedented portrait of a special land of extremes whose forbidding geography, cruel weather, and crushing corruption has however produced the various world's maximum artwork and a few of its so much notable clinical advances. RUSSIANS is an expertly saw, gripping profile of a those that will proceed hard the West for the foreseeable future.

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Agrarian Reform in Russia: The Road from Serfdom

By Carol S. Leonard

This publication examines the historical past of reforms and significant nation interventions affecting Russian agriculture: the abolition of serfdom in 1861, the Stolypin reforms, the NEP, the Collectivization, Khrushchev reforms, and eventually farm company privatization within the early Nineties. It exhibits a trend rising from a political central in imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet regimes, and it describes how those reforms have been justified within the identify of the nationwide curiosity in the course of serious crises - swift inflation, army defeat, mass moves, rural unrest, and/or political turmoil. It appears on the effects of adversity within the financial surroundings for rural habit after reform and at long-run tendencies. It has chapters on estate rights, rural association, and technological switch. It presents a brand new database for measuring agricultural productiveness from 1861 to 1913 and updates those estimates to the current. This e-book is a learn of the rules aimed toward reorganizing rural creation and their effectiveness in remodeling associations.

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Let Every Breath... Secrets of the Russian Breath Masters

Allow each Breath… finds the secrets and techniques of the Russian Breath Masters. This groundbreaking guide on Systema respiring offers step by step education drills given to you in a radical and finished means. you'll study the original method of Systema respiring and get the root for each actual job of your way of life. no matter if you're looking to elevate your athletic talents to the subsequent point, or desire to elevate your capability and to get pleasure from lifestyles, this can be your instrument to discover the never-ending reserve of strength, overall healthiness and happiness. whilst, it's very effortless analyzing, packed with wonderful tales and concept upsetting principles.

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Russian Politics from Lenin to Putin (St. Antony's)

Seven best experts current chapters dedicated to key issues in Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politics. these issues contain: the private as opposed to the institutional within the political strategy; legitimacy and legitimation; and alter and cave in of a mono-organizational society. whereas the e-book makes a speciality of those significant subject matters, person chapters care for wide-ranging or even strange instances: Graeme Gill analyzes the legitimating capabilities of Moscow's structure, Sheila Fitzpatrick makes use of the files to attract an image of Stalin 'the boss' facing his closest colleagues, Eugene Huskey offers a close description of post-Soviet Russian pantouflage, and Archie Brown and Peter Reddaway current their diverse takes on Gorbachev and the Soviet cave in. Stephen Fortescue presents an summary of policy-making strategies from Lenin and Putin, and Leslie Holmes updates the idea that of goal-rational legitimacy.

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