Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible The Surreal Heart Of The New Russia

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Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible

Author : Peter Pomerantsev
ISBN : 9780571340446
Genre : Travel
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A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sects, post-modern dictators and oligarch revolutionaries. This is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, where life is seen as a whirling, glamorous masquerade where identities can be switched and all values are changeable. It is home to a new form of authoritarianism, far subtler than 20th century strains, and which is rapidly expanding to challenge the global order. An extraordinary book - one which is as powerful and entertaining as it is troubling - Nothing is True and Everything is Possible offers a wild ride into this political and ethical vacuum.
Category: Travel

Understanding Gary Shteyngart

Author : Geoff Hamilton
ISBN : 9781611177657
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Understanding Gary Shteyngart, the first comprehensive examination of Shteyngart’s novels and memoir, introduces readers to one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful contemporary American authors. Born in Leningrad in 1972, Shteyngart immigrated to the United States in 1979, attended Oberlin College and the City University of New York, and currently teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University. His novels include Super Sad True Love Story, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; Absurdistan, chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review and Time magazine; and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Geoff Hamilton studies three broad, overlapping elements of Shteyngart’s work: his construction of Russian-Jewish identity in the United States, his appraisal of communism’s imaginative legacy for the wider East European diaspora and former Soviet republics, and his representation of the deadening effects of late capitalism. Focusing on Shteyngart’s themes of the fracturing and decay of ethnic identities, the limits and pitfalls of multiculturalism, and the decline of privacy and civility against the creeping power of technological mediation, Hamilton also tracks the author’s playful manipulation of literary traditions and his incisive revision of seminal mythologies of Russian, Jewish, and American selfhood. Although Shteyngart has sometimes been pigeon-holed as an immigrant author working a rather marginal ethnic shtick, Hamilton demonstrates that Shteyngart’s work deserves attention for its remarkable centrality, that is, its relevance to core questions of identity formation and the conditions of belief common to globalized societies.
Category: Literary Criticism

Creating Russophobia

Author : Guy Mettan
ISBN : 9780997896558
Genre : History
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hy do the USA, UK and Europe so hate Russia? How is it that Western antipathy, once thought due to anti-Communism, could be so easily revived over a crisis in distant Ukraine, against a Russia no longer communist? Why does the West accuse Russia of empire-building, when 15 states once part of the defunct Warsaw Pact are now part of NATO, and NATO troops now flank the Russian border? These are only some of the questions Creating Russophobia investigates. Mettan begins by showing the strength of the prejudice against Russia through the Western response to a series of events: the Uberlingen mid-air collision, the Beslan hostage-taking, the Ossetia War, the Sochi Olympics and the crisis in Ukraine. He then delves into the historical, religious, ideological and geopolitical roots of the detestation of Russia in various European nations over thirteen centuries since Charlemagne competed with Byzantium for the title of heir to the Roman Empire. Mettan examines the geopolitical machinations expressed in those times through the medium of religion, leading to the great Christian schism between Germanic Rome and Byzantium and the European Crusades against Russian Orthodoxy. This history of taboos, prejudices and propaganda directed against the Orthodox Church provides the mythic foundations that shaped Western disdain for contemporary Russia. From the religious and imperial rivalry created by Charlemagne and the papacy to the genesis of French, English, German and then American Russophobia, the West has been engaged in more or less violent hostilities against Russia for a thousand years. Contemporary Russophobia is manufactured through the construction of an anti-Russian discourse in the media and the diplomatic world, and the fabrication and demonization of The Bad Guy, now personified by Vladimir Putin. Both feature in the meta-narrative, the mythical framework of the ferocious Russian bear ruled with a rod of iron by a vicious president. A synthetic reading of all these elements is presented in the light of recent events and in particular of the Ukrainian crisis and the recent American elections, showing how all the resources of the West’s soft power have been mobilized to impose the tale of bad Russia dreaming of global conquest.
Category: History

Putin S Totalitarian Democracy

Author : Kate C. Langdon
ISBN : 9783030205799
Genre : Political Science
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This book studies the cultural, societal, and ideological factors absent from popular discourse on Vladimir Putin’s Russia, contesting the misleading mainstream assumption that Putin is the all-powerful sovereign of Russia. In carefully examining the ideological underpinnings of Putinism—its tsarist and Soviet elements, its intellectual origins, its culturally reproductive nature, and its imperialist foreign policy—the authors reveal that an indoctrinating ideology and a willing population are simultaneously the most crucial yet overlooked keys to analyzing Putin’s totalitarian democracy. Because Putinism is part of a global wave of extreme political movements, the book also reaffirms the need to understand—but not accept—how and why nation-states and masses turn to nationalism, authoritarianism, or totalitarianism in modern times.
Category: Political Science

I Really Do Care Shouldn T We All

Author : Lena Redman
ISBN : 9798664515497
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"Combining biography and analysis in a compelling fashion, the author offers a powerful indictment of--along with possible remedies for--the dislocations pulling our societies apart today."--Anthony Giddens, Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom, and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge"A book to bend the mind so that you see the world, and our polarised and angry politics especially, afresh."--Peter Pomerantsev, the author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia and This is Not Propaganda: Adventure in the War Against Reality"In this book Lena Redman offers an interesting view of the nature of the modern world. Initially drawing on her own personal experience of covertly leaving the East and seeking refuge in the West, she uses that journey as a way of building a sociological explanation for the intermingling of cultures and values that has brought us to this point in time and place. Her writing highlights the thoughtful and scholarly approach she employs in addressing the topic and offers insights into why 'caring' really matters and how important it is in shaping the world in which we live."--John Loughran, Emeritus Sir John Monash Distinguished ProfessorThe world is getting torn apart, and the rupture is rapidly becoming evident in US politics. Once seen as a 'shining city upon a hill,' American society is no longer a paragon of stability and progress towards the realization of its democratic values. The march of history is now halted by powerful riptides funneling people into two opposite black holes of the past--autocracy and socialism--with a middle that has lost its ability to withstand the struggle.In her book I Really Do Care - Shouldn't We All? Lena Redman, suggests that the rapid decline of modern liberal democracy and the rise of populist movements--autocracy and socialism--are the results of the Cold War race. The former is an offshoot of the neoliberal psychology of possessive individualism, and the latter is a reaction to the high inequality such psychology has engendered. Born and brought up in the former Soviet Union, Redman employs the stories of her childhood and her doctoral study in education in Australia to develop a unique perspective. She uses the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union in 1957 as the anchor of her thesis. Redman argues that in countering the actions of the 'enemy' (the former Soviet Union), the United States unwittingly entered into the process of merging with its antagonist. By affirming the Soviet Union as superior (for political reasons rather than anything corresponding with reality), the United States set the national school curriculum on a course that focused predominantly on science and technology. This gave rise to increased IQ scores through teaching and learning standardized technological rationality, algorithmic problem-solving, and individual competitiveness. But, at the same time, it resulted in the rapid decline of political and cultural literacy, the reduction of personal curiosity and creativity, and the ruin of collaboration and empathy--leading to the cultivation of a self-centered, entertainment-addicted I-Don't-Care (IDC) culture.IDC culture, in its turn, serves as fertile soil for the build-up of unprecedented inequality and rise of Trump-like leaders (I-don't-care about others) on the one hand, and socialism (I-don't-care about historical facts) on the other, influencing the decline of democratic values in every liberal democracy in the world.
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Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays

Author : Andrew Keen
ISBN : 1838951121
Genre : Information society
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The current crisis of democracy, the growing economic inequality between rich and poor, our narcissistic social media culture and the looming menace of AI all threaten us as never before. The challenges presented by technology have long been central in these issues, but how can we take advantage of the opportunities it provides to shape a better 21st century? The most important division of our age is between the 'tomorrows', those who believe that the future can be better than the past, and the 'yesterdays' who harbor a nostalgic desire to return to a rose-tinted past. This division is encapsulated by how we answer a simple question: can we trust the future? In Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays, Andrew Keen discusses the issue with some of the most influential thinkers of our time. The book is split into four sections. The first identifies the challenges of our digital age. The second focuses on the failure of the internet revolution to realize its ambitious goals. The third untangles the complex relationship between populism and digital media, before the final part presents possible solutions to the challenges of our age. The result is an insightful examination of the most important issues facing us today, and essential reading for anyone interested in the impact of the digital revolution.
Category: Information society

Cody S Army Assault Into Libya

Author : Jim Case
ISBN : 9780446566254
Genre : Fiction
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The killers had it coming to them! Book 2 of Cody's Army by Jim Case.
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Art And Artists

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ISBN : UOM:39015007161469
Genre : Art
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Category: Art

Transition

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ISBN : UOM:39015072461489
Genre : Europe, Eastern
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Category: Europe, Eastern

Fall Higher

Author : Dean Young
ISBN : 9781556593116
Genre : Poetry
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Dean Young's poems are as entertaining and imaginative as a three-ring circus painted by Hieronymous Bosch
Category: Poetry

Book World

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ISBN : UCSC:32106012048556
Genre : Books
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New Statesman Society

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105070362202
Genre : Great Britain
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Category: Great Britain

Library Journal

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ISBN : UOM:39015082964522
Genre : Libraries
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
Category: Libraries

School Library Journal

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ISBN : PSU:000054857971
Genre : Children's libraries
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Category: Children's libraries