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The View from the Vysotka: A Portrait of Russia Today Through One of Moscow's Most Famous Addresses

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Completed shortly before Joseph Stalin's death in 1953, the vysotkii, or "sky houses," still dominate the Moscow skyline today. Seven in all, they were the Soviet answer to the American skyscraper, transforming the Soviet capital from a feudal backwater into the city of the future. With their soaring towers and gothic architectural details, the vysotkas were intended to be ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 21st 2004 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2002)
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May 04, 2010 P. rated it liked it
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Fun Fact: I finished the last ten pages while stuck in a traffic jam.

As someone who knows little to nothing about contemporary russian history, this was a good way to jump in and have some information stick in my memory, because the information was attached to the stories of the people living in the vysotka.

I think my favorite was Galina Yevtushenko, who admitted she maybe never loved her husband and definitely didn't like his poetry.
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Aug 20, 2007 Aaron rated it it was amazing
An all-too-human account of life in contemporary Moscow.
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Anne Nivat is an award-winning French journalist and war correspondent who has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She is known for interviews and character portraits in print of civilians, especially women, and their experiences of war.

Nivat completed her doctorate in political science after education at Paris Institute of Political Studies, or Sciences Po, in Paris.

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