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The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space (Paperback, New edition) Loot Price: R296
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The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space (Paperback, New edition): Owen Hatherley

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The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space (Paperback, New edition)

Owen Hatherley

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The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was a place that really existed, but it is long dead. By now, the word "Soviet" should be as meaningless as "Hapsburg". Yet it endures, as in the wave of "de-communisation" in Ukraine or the strange idea that the capitalist government in Russia is "Communist". But does the Soviet experience have anything to teach us today, or was it just an enormous cul-de-sac, a nuclear-armed reincarnation of the Russian Empire? This book tries to find out, through walking the towns and great cities of the USSR, in an itinerary that goes from the Baltic to Belarus, from Ukraine to the Urals, from the Caucasus to Central Asia, in places ranging from utopian colonies of the Twenties, to nuclear new towns of the Fifties, to gleaming new capitals of the 21st century.Ranging across eleven of the fifteen countries that once made up the Soviet Union, this book searches for the remnants of revolutions both distant and recent. and for the continuities with the Communist idea. Instead of a wistful journey through ruins, this is a Marxist Humanist account of how cities and their inhabitants have tried to cope both with the end of a socialist dream and the failure of capitalism to fulfill its own promises. In this patchwork of EU democracies, neoliberal dictatorships and Soviet nostalgic enclaves (often found in the same countries) we might just find the outlines of a way of building and living in cities that is a powerful alternative, both in the past and present.

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Imprint: Repeater Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2018
Authors: Owen Hatherley
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 45mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 600
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-912248-26-1
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LSN: 1-912248-26-3
Barcode: 9781912248261

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