This 780-page book with more than 300 color pictures is a guide to Russia designed as a network. One can read through it page by page or follow the “interest routes” within the book, linking different interesting pieces of content together. The result is a truly polysingular narrative: one that has many distinct threads and storylines that intersect at the most authentic aspects of Russian culture. Revealing the tension between the Crude and the Cosmos as the special force that makes the country unique.
Russia is a country that’s ridden by tension. Its lifelong speciality is to transform the Crude into Cosmos. The raw metal, brute force and human labor combine with unabridged idealism, utopia and love for all-encompassing systems. The country, which used to be largely agrarian in the 19th century was quickly transformed into one of the most industrialized nations. The generation of people who came from the villages brought the first satellite and the first man to space. Mendeleev combined all the knowledge available at his time about chemistry to give the world the unifying table of elements. Biomechanics produced a very efficient system for body training. Tarkovsky created beautiful cinematic fables, which inspired generations of filmmakers. The new practices, such as Systema, are very successful in bridging the gaps between various fields and unifying them in a coherent and meaningful way.
This book tells the story of Russia, the story of constant tension between the Crude and the Cosmos, in the format of a travel guide.
Readers can travel through the book (and the country) chronologically, page by page, step by step, or following special “interest routes” within the book, organizing the content in clusters. This polysingular narrative structure allows the readers to follow the book in a non-linear way, exploring the country in a way that is more associative and personalized to their own interests and experiences.
For example, if you’re reading about the Russian satellite “Sputnik”, you can go on to read about Kalashnikov (another famous Russian export) or you can follow the link to read about Tarkovsky’s sci-fi Stalker film and then move on to read about the Cosmonautics museum in Moscow and Terletskoye lake at Altay where the parts of the rockets from Baikonur space launch stations fall down into…
Some content is supplied with scannable QR codes and links, which takes the narrative further into the virtual field. This helps readers discover more information about a certain subject, make a reservation at a hotel, or watch a film or a video described in the book.
On a more practical level, this book can be used as a real travel guide to Russia. Updated in 2016, it all the most important information they need to plan, organize, and enjoy their trip to Russia, such as:
– Guide to getting a Russian visa with no hotel ties and free itinerary
– Guide to getting Russian train tickets for cheap (including Trans-Siberian)
– Best hotels in terms of price / quality and off-the-beaten track locations
– Detailed guides to Moscow, St. Petersburg and other major destinations
– Russian language alphabet and phrasebook
– Practical advice (safety, dealing with cops, packing, etc. etc.)
– 780 pages and more than 300 color photos
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