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Watching communism fail : a memoir of life in the Soviet Union /
Gary Berkovich.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2009.
description
viii, 306 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0786441399 (softcover : alk. paper), 9780786441396 (softcover : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2009.
isbn
0786441399 (softcover : alk. paper)
9780786441396 (softcover : alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
abstract
"Written by a former Soviet architect who emigrated to the U.S. in 1977, this memoir introduces readers to the "Communist Experiment" by showing it through the eyes of one of its millions of subjects. The author shows the human cost of living under a totalitarian regime and brings to it his own personal experiences and acquaintances"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
6707824
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gary Berkovich is an architect and author of the book Capitalism Is Simple, published in Moscow after the fall of the Communist regime
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Written by a former Soviet architect who emigrated to the US in 1977, this memoir introduces readers to the "Communist Experiment" by showing it through the eyes of one of its millions of subjects.
Description for Library
"Written by a former Soviet architect who emigrated to the U.S. in 1977, this memoir introduces readers to the "Communist Experiment" by showing it through the eyes of one of its millions of subjects. The author shows the human cost of living under a totalitarian regime and brings to it his own personal experiences and acquaintances"--Provided by publisher.
Main Description
In this memoir, architect Gary Berkovich describes life growing up Jewish in the Soviet Union, forced relocation to Siberia, and eventual emigration. The book covers World War II and the author's family, as well as the war's effects on a young teenager indoctrinated by Soviet propaganda. He recounts his education and rise as an architect, schooled in the Soviet Constructivist movement, and the concurrent evolution of his Jewish identity. Later chapters describe Siberia, an often homeless existence in 1960s Moscow, anti-Semitism, problems associated with nonconformity in the U.S.S.R., the K.G.B., and the events leading to immigration to the United States. The author's story is recounted alongside the stories of his family members and associates.
Table of Contents
Prologuep. 1
Existence
Soviets 101p. 5
Motherp. 14
War and Family
The Bridgep. 18
Tashkentp. 22
Nikolay and Yuzikp. 22
Cotton Growersp. 30
Turkestanp. 33
Uncle Yefimp. 39
Grandpap. 43
Stepfatherp. 46
Chimkentp. 51
Genap. 54
Markp. 61
Returnp. 63
Music Years
Kharkovp. 67
The Monasteryp. 68
17 Tevelev Squarep. 71
A Woman from Music Schoolp. 81
Embouchurep. 83
Leonidp. 84
The Bandp. 86
Pianoforte Obbligatop. 88
Feyginp. 91
Young Pioneerp. 93
Mishap. 96
Rabinovichp. 99
Trade School
The House Painterp. 101
Field Workp. 104
Izzy Fridenthalp. 109
Climbingp. 113
Englishp. 120
On the Way
Comrades in Armsp. 124
The Requitalp. 126
Abramp. 133
I Am a Jew Nowp. 135
Studies
The Gambitp. 139
Transferp. 144
Groupp. 145
Kozlovp. 151
Dimap. 152
Destiniesp. 163
Karvovskyp. 165
Professorsp. 176
Moscow Vicep. 183
Kondosp. 187
Batalovp. 188
Edithp. 190
The Honeymoonp. 194
NSEp. 196
Siberia
From Moscow to Novosibirskp. 199
The Land Use Expertp. 204
The Busp. 213
The Lodgingp. 215
Surveyor Generalp. 217
Collective Farm Innp. 220
My Circusp. 222
Kuz'minp. 228
"Six Ninths"p. 230
Kisinp. 232
My Brilliant Failurep. 236
Exodus
The Graduatep. 242
The Inventorp. 252
Moscow's Mapp. 255
The Map of Israelp. 257
Konstantinovp. 263
Encountering the KGBp. 276
Mikap. 290
Tomskp. 290
Berkovich Ph.D.p. 295
Departurep. 298
Indexp. 303
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