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Available February 2015
A Journey Into Russiaby Jens Muhling
Synopses & Reviews
The recent crises in Ukraine have reminded us that Russiaand#8217;s interests run counter to those of many other nations, but what of the Russian and Ukrainian people themselves? What kind of lives are they leading, and what are their feelings toward the political regime that has so inflamed the West?
When German journalist Jens Mand#252;hling met Juri, a Russian television producer selling stories about his homeland, he was mesmerized by what he heard: the real Russia and Ukraine were more unbelievable than anything he could have invented. The encounter changed Mand#252;hlingand#8217;s life, triggering a number of journeys to Ukraine and deep into the Russian heartland on a quest for stories of ordinary and extraordinary people. Away from the bright lights of Moscow, Mand#252;hling met and befriended a Dostoevskian cast of characters, including a hermit from Tayga who had only recently discovered the existence of a world beyond the woods, a Ukrainian Cossack who defaced the statue of Lenin in central Kiev, and a priest who insisted on returning to Chernobyl to preach to the stubborn few determined to remain in the exclusion zone.
Unveiling a portion of the world whose contradictions, attractions, and absurdities are still largely unknown to people outside its borders, A Journey into Russia is a much-needed glimpse into one of todayand#8217;s most significant regions.
A portrait of modern Russia, told through the stories of the people who live on the isolated margins of society.
Ten years ago journalist Jens Mand#252;hling met Juri, a Russian television producer whose job it was to sell stories to TV stations in Germany but who always maintained that and#145;The true stories are more unbelievable than anything I could invent.and#8217; Ever since, Jens Mand#252;hling has been travelling through Russia in search of stories that appear too unbelievable to be true: a hermit from the Taiga who only recently found out that there was a world beyond the woods; a mathematician who sincerely believes a thousand years of Russian history to be a fairy tale; a priest who ventures into the exclusion zone around Chernobyl to preach to those that stubbornly remain there. Jens Mand#252;hling shows us a country whose customs, contradictions, absurdities and attractions are still largely unknown beyond its borders.
About the Author
Eugene H. Hayworth: Professor Hayworth's research includes a focus on library instruction, collection development, and management in the areas of social sciences, with an emphasis on business ethics research, and arts and entrepreneurship. His secondary area of interest is literature and literary criticism, and he is c
Jens Mühling: Jens Mühling, born in 1976, is an editor of a German newspaper in Moscow and has been working for the Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel since 2005. He has won the Axel-Springer-Prize and the Peter-Boenisch-Prize for reportage.
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