"An Engaging Account of life in today's turbulent Russia, this book faithfully presents the richly contradictory views of Muscovites and rural Russians on their work, their families and communities, their government, and their daily lives. Lois Fisher skillfully interweaves anecdote, conversation, and observation to round out the picture of a society in turmoil. Not surprisingly, much of the discussion focuses on the currently most pressing social issues–the economy and economic policy, education, crime, and social welfare. Other highlights include profiles of Kuzbass miners and their families and of former Red Army soldiers waiting in Germany for demobilization. Written by a veteran foreign correspondent in a lively style, this book will have special appeal for students and general readers. The original edition, published in autumn 1991 by Hoffmann und Campe Verlag as Ãœberleben in RuÎ²land, ranked for many weeks as a top nonfiction best-seller. This English edition includes additions and updates on the lives of many of the individuals first encountered in the original edition."
Table of Contents
Introduction -- My Friend, The Black Marketeer -- The Adventurer -- Miss Perestroika -- Masha and the Forgotten -- Babushka Natasha -- The Soldiers Are not Homesick -- The Lonely Fighter -- The Last Communist -- The Striking Democrats -- One Year After The Putsch
"Lois Fisher has worked since the 1970s as a writer and a foreign correspondent in Bonn, Beijing, Cologne, and Moscow. She has lived in Russia and continues to travel there often to maintain her ties and her familiarity with the language. Prior to embarking on her career in journalism, she served in the Peace Corps and on the staff of President Johnson. She is the author also of A Peking Diary, Nadezhda Means Hope, Alltag in Moskau (German), and Meine Armenischen Kinder (German). "