Moscow Nights is a riveting photo essay on Moscow's nightlife by world-renowned photographer Antonin Kratochvil. It is a voyeuristic tour through the decadence and hedonism of the new Golden Youth as they enjoy their spoils. Kratochvil captures everything from go-go dancers-both performing for admirers and catching a cigarette behind the scenes-to club-goers cavorting aboard a yacht that once was Stalin's and writhing on the dance floor. Through the nighttime journey, Kratochvil also exposes the reader to a much deeper social commentary on the new generation and its heritage. Deliberate desire describes Mother Russia's coldest credential. The emotion is at times cruel and other times wanton. It is a controlled dispassion that is, today, so apparent in the gilded circles of her Golden Youth. The offspring of Russia's new Czars possess the suave indifference that is Mother Russia's true nature and that of her elite; a black mark of distinction worn like a beauty spot for maximum effect. It is a force that has existed without end-the foreplay equal to the climax, seduction dependent upon opulent wealth. This is the first photo essay on Moscow nightlife: powerful, uncensored, beautiful, and arousing. Antonin Kratochvil (born 1947, Czechoslovakia) is a founding member of VII, the esteemed cooperative picture agency. Over the past twenty-five years, his diverse assignments have taken him around the world. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, TIME, Conde Nast Traveler, GEO, Mother Jones, Smithsonian, Natural History, and the United Nations Choices magazine. His other books are Broken Dream, Incognito, and Vanishing,
The Van Cliburn Story-How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War
Author: Nigel Cliff
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Gripping narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic story of a remarkable young Texan pianist, Van Cliburn, who played his way through the wall of fear built by the Cold War, won the hearts of the American and Russian people, and eased tensions between two superpowers on the brink of nuclear war. In 1958, an unheralded twenty-three-year-old piano prodigy from Texas named Van Cliburn traveled to Moscow to compete in the First International Tchaikovsky Competition. The Soviets had no intention of bestowing their coveted prize on an unknown American; a Russian pianist had already been chosen to win. Yet when the gangly Texan with the shy grin took the stage and began to play, he instantly captivated an entire nation. The Soviet people were charmed by Van Cliburn’s extraordinary talent, passion, and fresh-faced innocence, but it was his palpable love for the music that earned their devotion; for many, he played more like a Russian than their own musicians. As enraptured crowds mobbed Cliburn’s performances, pressure mounted to award him the competition prize. "Is he the best?" Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev demanded of the judges. "In that case . . . give him the prize!" Adored by millions in the USSR, Cliburn returned to a thunderous hero’s welcome in the USA and became, for a time, an ambassador of hope for two dangerously hostile superpowers. In this thrilling, impeccably researched account, Nigel Cliff recreates the drama and tension of the Cold War era, and brings into focus the gifted musician and deeply compelling figure whose music would temporarily bridge the divide between two dangerously hostile powers.
In 1965, Commander Courtney, MP for Harrow East, was involved in a scandal: compromising and explicit photos of him and a certain Russian woman had been disseminated amongst the British national press. Who had sent them - and why? For the British businessman plying his wares behind the Iron Curtain in the 1960s, life was a constant game of cat and mouse with the security services. Feared and loathed in equal measure, the KGB and the STASI were supreme practitioners of the art of espionage with a singularly dispassionate view of killing and a willingness to mete out the harshest punishments to those unfortunate enough to cross their path. It was against this backdrop that Adrian McIntyre carried out his business dealings in the USSR and Poland. Victim of a relentless campaign of sexual entrapment, poisoned and threatened at gunpoint, he relates his experiences with charm and humour, as the true nature of the difficulties he encountered unfolds to reveal the deft manoeuvring required to keep him one step ahead of a one-way ticket to the gulags, or worse. Moscow Nights is an enthralling and pacy account of business life during the Cold War; a period of deep mistrust, political intrigue and unexplained disappearances, which, hopefully, can now be consigned to the history books.
Called home to Russia to attend his sister's wedding, Demitri impulsively invites his best friend, Sander, to come along and see the sites of Moscow the week before the wedding. It's an impulse he almost immediately regrets, because spending time together with Sander, just the two of them, will make it harder than ever to pretend that he doesn't see Sander as anything more ...
One of the few top-quality books to emerge from the American Olympia Press, Moscow Nights recalls the heady, early days of the Bolshevik Revolution, when free love was all the rage. Half a century later, we meet Timur, a dealer in the underground mortuary biz, who with his gang offers top-notch burial in the right cemetary... for a price. Of course, Timur and his friends are also involved in prostitution and drug dealing while indulging repeatedly, as publisher Maurice Girodias himself put it, "in the priapic delights." The success of the work had Girodias dreaming of selling untold volumes of Russian-language pornography to the Motherland, all smuggled in by the agency of sailors. Little is known of author Tenin, but Maurice was one of a kind.