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Putin Country: A Journey Into the Real Russia

Putin Country: A Journey Into the Real Russia

作者 : Anne Garrels

作者 : 安娜.葛瑞兒

出版社 : PICADOR USA

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定價 : NT 595

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NPR海外特派員安娜.葛瑞兒深入俄羅斯內陸核心, 
探訪前蘇聯軍事工業重鎮,一窺「現代沙皇」普丁治下「沉默的大多數」 

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身為一位前國家安全委員會(簡稱KGB)人員,身體強健且善於表達,普丁很快就利用了民眾高漲的憤怒。他明白十年來的巨變、屈辱以及對蘇聯強權地位的懷念,在俄國人的心靈造成什麼印記。他在國境南方狠狠擊退車臣反叛軍……他號召國安勤務的舊友,運用執法來摧毀對手。他從登記註冊就攔住大部分反對黨……他廢除州長選舉,以克里姆林宮任命的州長取而代之。…… 
這裡是普丁的國家。 
--本書作者 安娜.葛瑞兒 

二十多年前,美國全國公共廣播電台(NPR)特派員安娜.葛瑞兒初訪車里雅賓斯克(Chelyabinsk,以下簡稱車城),那是位於莫斯科東方一千英里之外,滿覆砂礫的軍事工業中心。長期做為蘇維埃核子計畫中心的所在地,車城地區內含美麗湖泊、廢棄的工廠、神祕封閉城市,以及地球上汙染最嚴重的某些地域。葛瑞兒的目標是藉由造訪俄國內陸地區,記錄蘇聯解體後的餘波。 
  
在《普丁的國家》書中,葛瑞兒揭露了真實俄羅斯的神祕面紗。我們可以看到向上流動的專業工作者、捍衛孤兒和身殘兒童權利的激昂社運人士,以及招搖浮誇的黑手黨分子。我們會發現令人驚奇的次文化,例如活躍的地下同志社群和堅信的新教福音派圈子。我們也看見醫生和老師試著應付躲不掉的行賄與制度化缺失。當普丁將權位抓得更牢,而烏克蘭戰爭引來西方制裁與生活水準降低,本地人民心中同時混雜著不惜一戰的國族主義,以及對於國家走向的深沉矛盾。葛瑞兒紀錄下一場正在發生的認同危機,述說在蘇聯解體的餘波盪漾裡,什麼是俄國?什麼是俄國人?國家如何給與人民自信、如何凝聚國族意識?葛瑞兒說明為什麼普丁贏得這麼多俄國人的忠誠,即使是那些常遭遇不公對待的人們。 
  
《普丁的國家》有效修正對於普丁支持者的誤解,寫出俄國的沉默大多數,在當下冷戰氛圍重生、俄羅斯力圖重返世界舞台之際,本書是關注國際趨勢者案頭必備的讀物。

More than twenty years ago, when NPR correspondent Anne Garrels first visited Chelyabinsky--a gritty military-industrial center a thousand miles east of Moscow--her goal was to chart the aftershocks of the USSR's collapse. Returning again and again, Garrels found that the city's new freedoms and opportunities were both exciting and traumatic. As the economic collapse of the early 1990s abated, Chelyabinsky became richer and more cosmopolitan while official corruption and intolerance for minorities grew more entrenched. Sushi restaurants proliferated; so did shakedowns. In the neighboring countryside, villages crumbled into the ground. Far from the glitz of Moscow, the people of Chelyabinsk were working out their country’s destiny, person by person.

Putin Country crafts an intimate portrait of Middle Russia. We meet upwardly mobile professionals, impassioned activists who champion the rights of orphans and disabled children, and ostentatious mafiosi. We discover surprising subcultures, such as a vibrant underground gay community and a circle of determined Protestant evangelicals, and watch as doctors and teachers trying to cope with inescapable payoffs and institutionalized negligence. As Vladimir Putin tightens his grip on power and war in Ukraine leads to Western sanctions and a lower standard of living, the local population mingles belligerent nationalism with a deep ambivalence about their country’s direction. Drawing on close friendships sustained over many years, Garrels explains why Putin commands the loyalty of so many Russians, even those who decry the abuses of power they regularly encounter.

Garrels’s portrait of Russia’s silent majority is an essential corrective to the misconceptions of Putin's supporters and critics alike, especially at a time when cold war tensions are resurgent.
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