A Russian Journal by John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw, Robert Capa

By John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw, Robert Capa

EISBN-13: 978-1-440-65750-4

Steinbeck and Capa's account in their trip via chilly struggle Russia is a vintage piece of reportage and shuttle writing.

Just after the Iron Curtain fell on japanese Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Steinbeck and acclaimed warfare photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to record for the New York usher in Tribune. This infrequent chance took the recognized tourists not just to Moscow and Stalingrad – now Volgograd – yet throughout the geographical region of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. Hailed by means of the hot York instances as "superb" while it first seemed in 1948, A Russian Journal is the distillation in their trip and is still a outstanding memoir and specified old document.

What they observed and movingly recorded in phrases and on movie used to be what Steinbeck known as "the nice different part there ... the personal lifetime of the Russian people." not like different Western reporting approximately Russia on the time, A Russian Journal is freed from ideological obsessions. particularly, Steinbeck and Capa recorded the awful realities of manufacturing facility employees, govt clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of worldwide warfare II—represented right here in Capa's stirring photos along Steinbeck's masterful prose. via all of it, we're given intimate glimpses of 2 artists on the top in their powers, answering their have to record human fight. This variation positive aspects an creation through Steinbeck student Susan Shillinglaw.

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And the Yukos Affair had reshaped Russian politics to create state mechanisms capable of delivering those resources. Russia saw itself as competing with the EU’s ‘neighbourhood policy’ and its soft-power instruments. But Russia did not really ‘do’ soft power. It simply used the same political technology methods as it applied at home. According to the blunt and bull-headed Modest Kolerov, one of the key crafters of the neighbourhood policy in the late 2000s, ‘soft power is dead. Soft power means creating points of pressure .

But its means were married to modern capacities. The political technologists were particularly skilled at manipulating information technologies, creating dramas that were literally virtual because they mainly existed on TV; or, later, at nudging, deflecting or reshaping the narratives of social media. Their natural language was Orwellian doublespeak. And as Orwell shrewdly pointed out, the control of language is the first step to the control of meaning, and the manipulation of meaning the first step to the manipulation of politics.

And it’s a storm of applause every time! So Russian ‘neighbourhood policy’ meant bribing local politicians and setting up pro-Russian front parties and sending shadowy funding to new pro-Russian NGOs. 38 It meant working through shadowy front companies like RosUkrEnergo in Ukraine, Prometheus in Greece, Overgas in Bulgaria, Emfesz in Hungary and Vemex in the Czech Republic. It also meant using the less shadowy Gazprom and its offshoots like North Stream and South Stream, polluting all the countries on its route.

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