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Underground: Life and Survival in the Russian Black Market: A Memoir
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Larrey Anderson was a wide-eyed down-home Idaho guy tromping around 1982 Russia in hiking boots. But he was also a Harvard grad who'd arrived with his USSR history firmly in place, wanting to do research for a novel. Perhaps more important than academic credentials, he brought with him an outlook made raw and sensitive by the pain of an eroding marriage, the aching despair of failed love, and acute loneliness for his young children.
UNDERGROUND is a story of a group of ordinary, yet remarkable, women doing whatever was necessary to escape the leaden tyranny of Soviet Communism. It's also an unpretentious story of self-discovery.
Almost from the moment the mysterious Anna found the young American looking for a meal, he somehow became indispensible to this woman and her circle. They had found someone from the outside who would listen, someone to validate them, even help with their desperate plans.
Anderson's account is direct and sincere, all the more compelling for its lack of journalistic hyperbole. Americans can scarcely imagine what it would be like to live in a country where things like owning tools and carrying hard currency were illegal, where leaving was prohibited, and the KGB lurked nearly everywhere, a drab and hopeless society where people pretended to work, and the government pretended to pay them. This is the context of this memoir.
UNDERGROUND unfolds like a suspense novel, and the characters are real and memorable.Read more ›