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Architecturally diverse and ideologically staunch, Soviet sanatoriums were intended to edify and invigorate

Visiting a Soviet sanatorium is like stepping back in time. Originally built in the 1920s, they afforded workers a place to holiday, courtesy of a state-funded voucher system. At their peak they were visited by millions of citizens across the USSR every year. A combin
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Fuel
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Ian
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Titles don’t get more descriptive of a book’s contents than this one. Apparently, back in the day, Soviet workers were encouraged to go on holidays to places that were a combination of holiday resort and health spa (and surely the plural is sanatoria?). Many were on the Caspian Sea, but there were also plenty in the mountains, particularly the Urals and Caucasians. With the fall of the USSR, most of them fell into disrepair and closed down. But some kept on going, and some have since been re-ope ...more
John
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightful survey of Soviet and post-Soviet sanatorium and spa culture, revealing the enduring, persistent allure of cure-all therapies like bathing in crude oil, oxygen cocktails, and “friction and shaking with medical electrical equipment,” all within a wide range of architectural and cultural sitings.
Lori
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An interesting read, however, I believe I will skip the visit there.
Daisy
The only thing wrong is that the book is too small so the photographs are too small.
Meng
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice little picture book with lots of exotic *therapies.
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