Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall

Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall

Andrew Meier


"That Black Earth is a unprecedented paintings is, for a person who has recognized Russia, past question."―George Kennan

"A compassionate glimpse into the extremes the place the hot Russia meets the old," writes Robert Legvold (Foreign Affairs) approximately Andrew Meier's enchanting new paintings. traveling throughout a resurgent and apparently loose land, Meier has produced a virtuosic mixture of nuanced historical past, lyric travelogue, and unflinching reportage. all through, Meier captures the country's current limbo―a land wealthy in capability yet close to extraordinary again into tyranny―in an account that's by way of turns heartrending and celebratory, comedian and terrifying. A 2003 manhattan Public Library publication to recollect. "Black Earth is the easiest research of post-Soviet Russia on the grounds that David Remnick's Resurrection. Andrew Meier is a really penetrating eyewitness."―Robert Conquest, writer of The nice Terror; "If President Bush have been to learn merely the chapters relating to Chechnya in Meier's Black Earth, he could achieve a invaluable schooling approximately Putin's Russia."―Zbigniew Brzezinski "Even after the autumn of Communism, such a lot American reporting on Russia usually is going no additional than who is in and who is out within the Kremlin and the enterprise oligarchy. Andrew Meier's Russia reaches a ways past . . . this Russia is one the place, as Meier says, background has a troublesome time hiding. Readers couldn't simply discover a livelier or extra insightful guide."―Adam Hochschild, writer of King Leopold's Ghost and The Unquiet Ghost: Russians consider Stalin "From the unnecessary warfare in Chechnya to the wild, exhilarating, and dispiriting East and the increase of Vladimir Putin, the previous KGB officer―it's all right here in nice element, written within the layers the tale merits, with perception, ardour, and actual affection."―Michael Specter, employees author, The New Yorker; co-chief, The manhattan Times Moscow Bureau, 1995-98. "[Meier's] wisdom of the rustic and his abiding love for its humans stands proud on each web page of this book....But it's his linguistic fluency, particularly, which permits Mr. Meier to dig so deeply into Russia's black earth."―The Economist  "A fantastic travelogue that depicts the Russian humans another time attempting to construct a brand new existence with out relatively altering their outdated one."―William Taubman, The big apple Times publication assessment. thirteen images.

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