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Lost and Found in Russia

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Lost and Found in Russia by Susan Richards
Dec 07, 2010 | ISBN 9781590513699

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“It’s travel as jaw-dropping performance.” —Ben Dickinson, Elle

“Part travelogue, part contemporary history…the real gems Richards uncovers are about the parts of the Russian society and mindset that remained hidden from Western eyes for nearly a century.” —Publishers Weekly

“Richards’ genial snapshots (of ‘Old Believers’ in southern Siberia, and alien sightings at a secret uranium mine) hint at the multifaceted nature of Russian life but her cumulative impressions suggest a country in turmoil, with old and new traditions in headlong collision.” —Financial Times

“For a rich portrait of the new Russia, grab this off the shelf and skip all those biographies of Vladimir Putin.” —Thomas de Waal, Sunday Times (UK)

Lost and Found in Russia is beautifully written, with arresting images on almost every page. I loved the men lying stiffly on their wooden bunks in the train like toppled statues. It is a travelogue as rich and compelling as a novel and, quite rightly, without a happy ending.” —Lesley Chamberlain, The Independent (UK)

“There is a human optimism that shines out of these hard lives and this loving account of them – an optimism that defies the rational.” —Angus McQueen, The Guardian, Book of the Week

“A patiently crafted glimpse “through a crack in the wardrobe” of the devastation wrought on Russian society during the turbulent post-Communist ‘90s.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Brave, moving and extraordinary. Travelling far beyond the usual travellers’ routes, and often at considerable danger and in great discomfort, Richards has uncovered a world that few of us can begin to imagine.” —Miranda Seymour, The Tablet’s Books of the Year 2009

 “Once again, Susan Richards gives a rare and wonderful evocation of ordinary lives in Russia. People fall in love, fall ill, make money, lose money; some are nobly defeated, some shamelessly successful. Each one tells us more about the lethal tides of recent Russian history than years of newspaper reports.” —Philip Marsden, author of The Spirit Wrestlers and The Bronski House

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