Penguin Book

The Last Man in Russia

Oliver Bullough

From the acclaimed author of the Orwell Prize-shortlisted Let Our Fame Be Great, a new way to consider a nation in crisis.

In the 1960s, two things happened in Russia: women started to have fewer children than the country needed to sustain its population, and life expectancy began to fall. The two statistics taken together added up to what has become known as the "demographic crisis", which accelerated in the chaos that followed 1991 and has not yet been reversed.

Tracing the lives of the generation that grew to maturity in the 1960s and the struggles of one man in particular who tried to create a better future, Oliver Bullough shows how this population collapse is a psychological catastrophe, a protest against rulers who offer their people such limited dreams. And as protests finally begin, fifty years after the nation began to die, he traces the flickers of hope that have survived and are beginning to burn.

Oliver Bullough studied modern history at Oxford University. He lived in St Petersburg, Bishkek and Moscow over the next seven years, travelling widely as a reporter for Reuters news agency. He is now the Caucasus Editor for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting. His first book, Let Our Fame Be Great received the Cornelius Ryan award in the United States and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in Britain. Oliver Bullough received the Oxfam Emerging Writer award in 2011.

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  • History
  • Poetry and Literature
  • Politics and Current Affairs
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Hachette Book Group US (Basic Books) (PRH Rights)
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
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Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
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