Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart
In reading the exchange of long and fascinating letters between the author, an American writer, and his cousin a Russian economist, one can take a trip into reality; real America and the real Soviet Union (Russia) as they both were until 1996. It delves deeply into the Russian psyche and speaks to the future of both countries.
This is indeed a different kind of history book. Soon a new Russia will take shape. There is a consensus among many intellectuals in Moscow that the Russia of the future will be patterned more like the new China than the western concept of a capitalist society. Post Communist Russia has arrived in the midst of world wide economic chaos. ‘GENES’ is a contribution to the need that situation is creating for better understanding between Americans and Russians.
From the book. . .
“We found him and shot him and killed some of his troops before we pulled out. When we returned we found the Nazi reinforcements, that arrived too late to save the officer, burned all of the buildings and hanged ten people. They claimed there was an informer among them. When I looked up and saw the frozen bodies hanging there, I didn’t feel anything. I felt no pity or remorse for being responsible for their deaths. They were just more dead bodies. I had seen so many by then that it was just like looking at trees. I only grieved when one of our partisans died. I broke down when Sergius was killed.”
This is a different way of telling a story, but it works. Once again, the world is on fire. In the atmosphere created by the present chaos in Moscow, the Bombing of Belgrad and Kosovo, Russia, and all of Eastern Europe is preparing for major political changes. The Genes manuscript is an overture to the new scene about to be played.
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