By John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw, Robert Capa
Steinbeck and Capa's account in their trip via chilly warfare Russia is a vintage piece of reportage and trip writing.
Just after the Iron Curtain fell on japanese Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Steinbeck and acclaimed struggle photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to document for the New York bring in Tribune. This infrequent chance took the recognized tourists not just to Moscow and Stalingrad – now Volgograd – yet throughout the geographical region of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. Hailed through the recent York instances as "superb" while it first seemed in 1948, A Russian Journal is the distillation in their trip and is still a impressive memoir and detailed historic document.
What they observed and movingly recorded in phrases and on movie used to be what Steinbeck referred to as "the nice different aspect there ... the non-public lifetime of the Russian people." not like different Western reporting approximately Russia on the time, A Russian Journal is freed from ideological obsessions. fairly, Steinbeck and Capa recorded the awful realities of manufacturing facility staff, govt clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of global battle II—represented right here in Capa's stirring photos along Steinbeck's masterful prose. via all of it, we're given intimate glimpses of 2 artists on the peak in their powers, answering their have to rfile human fight. This variation positive factors an creation by way of Steinbeck pupil Susan Shillinglaw.
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Moscow, the largest metropolis, has twice the population of its nearest rival, St Petersburg, which in turn dwarfs Russia's other major cities, such as Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorky), Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-na-Donu, Samara (formerly Kuybyshev), Ufa, and Yekaterinburg (formerly Sverdlovsk). Several major urban concentrations have developed in the main industrial regions. St Petersburg (the tsarist capital) stands alone as the northernmost metropolis, whereas Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod are part of the large urbanized central industrial region, which has a score of large cities, numerous smaller towns, and an urban population that constitutes about one-fifth of Russia's total.
Guards peacefully occupied strategic points in Petrograd. On the morning of October 25, Lenin, re-emerging from his hideaway, issued a declaration in the name of the Military Revolutionary Committee that the Provisional Government had been overthrown and all power had been assumed by the soviets. The declaration referred neither to the Bolsheviks nor to socialism - un surprisingly, the inhabitants of the city had no inkling of how profound a change had occurred. Although Lenin and Trotsky had carried out the October coup in the name of soviets, they intended from the beginning to concentrate all power in the hands of the ruling organs of the Bolshevik Party.
The mountainous zone continues on narrow Sakhalin Island, which is separated from the Siberian mainland by the Tatar Strait. The Russian landscape is known as much for its many and massive rivers as for its geological variety. Five main drainage basins may be distinguished: the Arctic, Pacific, Baltic, Black Sea, and Caspian. The Arctic basin is drained by three gigantic Siberian rivers: the Ob (2,268 miles [3,650 km]), the Yenisey (2,540 miles [4,090 km]), and the Lena (2,734 miles [4,400 km]).