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Available February 2015
A Journey Into Russiaby Jens Muhling
Synopses & Reviews
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.
A portrait of modern Russia, told through the stories of the people who live on the isolated margins of society.
When Jens Mand#252;hling met Juri, a Russian TV producer selling stories about his homeland, he was mesmerised by what he heard. The real Russia was more unbelievable than anything that could be invented. The encounter changed Mand#252;hlingand#8217;s life, triggering a number of journeys to the Ukraine and deep into the Russian heartland on a quest for the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people.
Away from the bright lights of Moscow, Mand#252;hling meets and befriends a Dostoevskian cast of characters: a hermit from the Taiga who has recently discovered thereand#8217;s a world beyond the woods; a Ukrainian Cossack who defaces the statue of Lenin in central Kiev; a priest who insists on returning to Chernobyl to preach to the stubborn few determined to remain in the exclusion zone.
A Journey into Russia is a revealing glimpse into the Russian soul. Mand#252;hlingand#8217;s empathy unveils a country whose contradictions, attractions and absurdities are still largely unknown to many people outside her 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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