By Andrew Meier
"That Black Earth is a rare paintings is, for a person who has identified Russia, past question."—George Kennan
"A compassionate glimpse into the extremes the place the hot Russia meets the old," writes Robert Legvold (Foreign Affairs) approximately Andrew Meier's captivating new paintings. travelling throughout a resurgent and seemingly loose land, Meier has produced a virtuosic mixture of nuanced heritage, lyric travelogue, and unflinching reportage. all through, Meier captures the country's current limbo—a land wealthy in strength yet on the point of astounding again into tyranny—in an account that's by means of turns heartrending and celebratory, comedian and terrifying. A 2003 long island Public Library booklet to recollect. "Black Earth is the simplest research of post-Soviet Russia on account that David Remnick's Resurrection. Andrew Meier is a very penetrating eyewitness."—Robert Conquest, writer of The nice Terror; "If President Bush have been to learn in simple terms the chapters concerning Chechnya in Meier's Black Earth, he may achieve a precious schooling approximately Putin's Russia."—Zbigniew Brzezinski "Even after the autumn of Communism, so much American reporting on Russia frequently is going no additional than who is in and who is out within the Kremlin and the enterprise oligarchy. Andrew Meier's Russia reaches some distance past . . . this Russia is one the place, as Meier says, heritage has a troublesome time hiding. Readers couldn't simply discover a livelier or extra insightful guide."—Adam Hochschild, writer of King Leopold's Ghost and The Unquiet Ghost: Russians take into accout Stalin "From the unnecessary struggle in Chechnya to the wild, exhilarating, and dispiriting East and the increase of Vladimir Putin, the previous KGB officer—it's all right here in nice aspect, written within the layers the tale merits, with perception, ardour, and actual affection."—Michael Specter, employees author, The New Yorker; co-chief, The long island Times Moscow Bureau, 1995-98. "[Meier's] wisdom of the rustic and his abiding love for its humans stands proud on each web page of this book....But it truly is his linguistic fluency, specifically, which allows Mr. Meier to dig so deeply into Russia's black earth."—The Economist "A outstanding travelogue that depicts the Russian humans over again attempting to construct a brand new lifestyles with out fairly altering their previous one."—William Taubman, The big apple Times e-book Review.
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