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Any help you have would be appreciated. Thanks :)
Thank you for the recommendations I have an interlibrary loan request in for Zhivago's Children but will definitely check out those other two in the future.
I did end up picking up Stalin's Children but who knows when I will be able to get around to it. Hopefully I'll also be getting to everyone's recommendation at some point. Thank you everyone for those. They look great.
I appreciated the information provided in the book but he tends to repeat himself. I don't know if it isn't a text that is supposed to be read straight through because the Khruschev section has some on Brezhnev, which had some on Gorbachev and so forth. (He skips a lot of Chernenko and Andropov because well they weren't exactly in office long enough to do anything too major).
I'm on the more culture based recommendations in >7 languagehat: and >8 KatrinkaV: and really looking forward to the break in historical tomes.
Since my last message I read Late Soviet Culture which was interesting. With anything with multiple authors involved it could be a little hit or miss but more hit then miss. A good look into how Soviets saw history and events.
I also read Gender, State, and Society in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia which was a little depressing at times. Again multiple different researchers, some using eh methods and/or small sample sizes, so hit or miss. Most came up with roughly the same overall views on gender in Russia. The book was published in 2000 so it would be interesting if anyone knows of a more current type of book so see how the trends are moving or not moving. I had read a similar account of Russian womanhood in one of the Tolstaya books I've read, possibly in Pushkin's Children. But this is also fairly aged in terms of gender ideas (at least in the West, I mean just think about the changes in general cultural attitudes in the last 15 years) so it would be interesting to see if/how things have changed or stayed the same.
I read Stalin's Children. I found the story of his parents (grandparents? it's been a long time since I read this one) interesting, him not so much.
And I just recently finished In Siberia which thank you >8 KatrinkaV: that was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author did a good job of writing his experiences without mystifying Siberia or passing judgment. Just here are the facts sort of writing which I enjoyed quite a lot and I plan to look up Among the Russians soon.
I finished Soviet Civilization which I haven't read anything else by Sinyavsky and don't know much about him but the book was an interesting self-reflective work.
Up next for me is Common Places which I am very much looking forward to reading.
I've ordered Among the Russians and I hope it lives up to In Siberia.
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