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Motherland - a personal journey,
This review is from: Motherland (Hardcover)
What is so striking in this book is the warmth and humanity Simon Roberts has uncovered in all corners of 'Motherland' Russia at a time of unprecedented social change. He gives us invaluable insights into some of the lives he shared in his ambitious, year-long journey and has created a unique 'visual statement' about contemporary Russia.
The resilience and optimism in so many of his subjects shines through, even those living in most straitened and dismal circumstances, though tough realities are everywhere confronted. So many individual portraits remain memorable, even after the book is put down, especially of young Russians, in contrast to the 'babushka' cliches with which the reader may be more familiar.
Succinct text is well integrateed to create an invaluable study for anyone interested in Russia today.