25 November 2006

Books on Russia

After my visits to Moscow, I gained lots of interest in Russia,Russians and their culture,sociology,history...

I started searching for books giving me a hint on their sociology
Here are a few...

Rusya'da Başarısız Olmanın Yollari.

The writer is a Turkish journal (Radikal Newspaper) living in Moscow for several years.In his book,he describes what to do in order to be unsuccessful in Moscow.

His main advice is 'Use previous visitor's experience' and second is 'Drink vodka with Russians', honestly I did not get any other advice.Read if you have much time, not a great resource.

Other's were also far from my expectations but here is the list...

SSCB'den Dönüş

The famous French writer Andre Gide's impressions of the soviets during his visit to USSR for the funeral of famous Russian writer Gorki.The books contains critics on the soviet system of those days.
Very short book of a little more than 100 pages and a little boring.

Rus Devriminin Gölgesindeki Kadınlar

Memories of 15 Russian women before, during and after the revolution.The book shows how people worked so hard and with extreme devotion.
Worth reading.

Kadınlar ve Perestroyka

Yet another book on soviet women but this time long after the revolution and during the perestroyka days. The book tells how hard was the living and working conditions of women were during the end of soviet era.

Sovyetler Birliğinin Çöküşü Üzerine Anti-tezler

I really did not get anything of the writers points and what his claims are.
I did not get who or what is he blaming for the collapse.
It was just a waste of time and money.

Rusya'nın Dönüşümü

The book is a collection of articles of the writer published in a national newspaper.

KINGS OF THE KREMLIN: Leaders from Ivan the Terrible to Boris Yeltsin

I found this book at METU library. Gives short biography of Russian leaders, also mentions about the important of actors of those days.
Nice to read.Good content.Here is the amazon.com link.

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