A Russian Diary (Magill's Literary Annual 2008)
Celebrated internationally on its publication, A Russian Diary chronicles slightly more than two years worth of bald-faced political wrongdoing, deadening public apathy, and shockingly callous terrorism taking place in Russia under President Vladimir Putin. For certain audiences, the book offers much of value. For those readers with prior interest in or knowledge of recent Russian political history, the book offers a hard-nosed reporter’s insightful anecdotes. For those with an interest in human rights or those who have read Anna Politkovskaya’s other booksA Dirty War: A Russian Reporter in Chechnya (2003), A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya (2003), or Putin’s Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy (2004)this work offers another glimpse into the dirty struggle of desperate men in troubled Chechnya. Those readers who are aware of the threats made against Politkovskaya and of her unsolved murder will appreciate her bravery in truth-telling whatever the cost. For those readers who are not in any of the above groups, however, most of A Russian Diary will seem slow moving and esoteric, if not bewildering.
Born in 1958, Politkovskaya was a career journalist, cutting her teeth reporting news for Izvestia, the official newspaper of the Soviet government. During the glasnost period and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Politkovskaya covered news for Novaya Gazeta, a biweekly news...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2008)
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