Red Odyssey is a travel book written by Marat Akchurin for those who have a passion for reading good adventure and historical fiction. Through a kaleidoscope of individual perspectives, the author explores and describes the collective historical experience of a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional nation living in a crumbling totalitarian state. Red Odyssey is not a political treatise, sociological analysis, or history book about Central Asia during the former Soviet Union. It is rather a tale of adventures of a time traveler trying to survive in a surrealistic society permeated with hypocrisy. The ruling regime is captive to its own lies. So it falsifies the past, it falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. Imperial propaganda transforms reality into fiction. The goal of Red Odyssey is to reverse the fabricated verisimilitude of their false utopia into the harsh truth of reality. Akchurin's keen, perceptive eye, his taste for adventure, and his intimate knowledge of this fractured superpower—its history, cultures, legends, folklores, politics, and ethnicities—leave no stone unturned in his relentless exploration of places long ignored and misunderstood by the West.
About the Author
Marat Akchurin is an acclaimed author, linguist, entrepreneur, and adventurer. From humble beginnings as an Army translator serving in Egypt, or working as an interpreter in Iraq, Marat experienced the varied intersections of culture, language, and ideology. His professional journey led him to various editor positions, at publishing houses in Russia. As institutions in the Evil Empire began to crumble, he worked as an independent theater producer and independent publisher, bringing new perspectives and ideologies to those living behind the iron curtain. It is this environment which lead to the journey captured within Red Odyssey. Enamored with the ideological and physical freedoms then enjoyed within the United States of America, Marat left his prosperous life as a “New Russian” in Moscow to begin anew in California. Building from scratch, as a translator he soon realized technology would dominate the future of linguistics. After studying the basics of computer science at a community college and taking courses in natural language processing at a University, he found work developing linguistic computer applications. Finally, Marat founded his own company to realize and evolve the role of technology in linguistics, employing hundreds of linguists and engineers. Marat has written four other books that have been published in various countries. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, shooting sports and robotics. He was a foil fencing champion of Uzbekistan and the Commonwealth of Virginia.