Rights sold: Russia - EKSMO

When the Soviet-Afghan War triggered a downfall of Homo Soveticus ideology, and the Communist regime collapsed in 1991, there was an expectation, both in the West and in Russia, that the country would embrace Western values and join the civilised world. It took no account of a ruined economy, depleted and exhausted human capital and the mental and moral dent made by 70 years of Soviet rule. Nobody knew what kind of country would succeed the Soviet Union, or what being Russian really meant. The removal of ideological and geographical constraints did not add moral clarity. In particular, the intelligentsia—the engine of Soviet collapse—was caught unprepared. When their “hopeless cause” became reality, it quickly transpired that the country lacked responsible elite able and willing to create new institutions. Herman Bronnikov, a protagonist of Andrei Volos’s tetralogy Judgement Days, was one of these Soviet intellectuals.

On October 4, 1993, a writer Herman Bronnikov went to watch the siege and assault on of the White House in Moscow. In the crowd, he fell down, hitting his head on the pavement, and lost consciousness. When he regained his senses, he found himself in a hospital ward.

Last novel of Andrei Volos's tetralogy Judgement Days is set in present-day Moscow. All protagonists find themselves in a moral vacuum, their hopes of a miracle replaced by disillusion and despair.



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