Red Odyssey

A Voyage Across the Crumbling Empire

by Marat Akchurin



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/21/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 440
ISBN : 9781663209115
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 440
ISBN : 9781663209139
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 440
ISBN : 9781663209122

About the Book

Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, headlines were full of names and cities unfamiliar to most Americans. Now, Marat Akchurin vividly describes these lands and people, taking readers along with him on a journey through the Soviet Moslem and other ethnic territories during their last days under Soviet domination. Red Odyssey is a sophisticated, action-packed travelogue that brings to life the former Soviet Union’s colorful, diverse landscapes from Kazakhstan—which remains in possession of large numbers of nuclear weapons—to Uzbekistan and Tadzhikistan, now being rocked by political and ethnic riots. Akchurin’s keen, perceptive eye and intimate knowledge of the former Soviet republics allow him to fully explore and describe a nation never before seen by Western eyes. Wending his way through the backwaters of this fractured superpower, he visits new towns and old haunts, friends and family, artists, scholars, outlaws, and politicians. The result is a highly personal, anecdotal portrait of the last great empire on earth in the midst of a new revolution.

About the Author

Marat Akchurin is a Tartar who was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and became known as one of the country’s leading poets and journalists. He has worked as an independent theater producer and private publisher, bringing to the stage Cheknov’s The Cherry Orchard and publishing Freud in the Soviet Union for the first time since the 1920s.