First encounters (1939-1967): Pinsk; the Trans-Siberian; the south. From a bird's-eye view (1989-1991): the third Rome; the temple and the palace; we look, we cry; the man on the asphalt mountain; fleeing from oneself; Vorkuta - to freeze in fire; tomorrow, the revolt of the Bashkirs; Russian mystery play; jumping over puddles; Kolyma, fog and more fog; the Kremlin - the magic mountain trap; central Asia - the destruction of the sea; Pomona on the little town of Drohobych; return to my hometown. The sequel continues (1992-1993): the sequel continues.
Polish journalist Kapuscinski ( The Soccer Wars , LJ 4/15/91), who traveled more than 40,000 miles throughout the rapidly collapsing Soviet Union, here offers a Slav's-eye view of communism's fall.
Polish journalist Kapuscinski offers a travelogue account of the collapse of the Soviet system and the difficulties of creating genuine democracy from what has been left behind. (Aug.)