Institut Ramon LLull

Russia, the World's Largest Stage

Ara Llibres, 2021
464 pages
Non Fiction

Rússia, l'escenari més gran del món

Russia, the World's Largest Stage

Manel Alías

"Manel Alías reveals the monumental through the anonymous detail, transcending cliché and fleeing opportunism. Composed in a series of chronicles, this book is also a love letter to a vast land, and to
journalism itself."

This is not an ‘instant book’ nor is it a political treatise; it is a personal work that grew out of a rigorous journalist’s fascination with Russia and a zeal for the impossible task of deciphering this captivating land. For years Manel Alías has traveled through Russia’s landscape, gathering stories that surpass current events to reveal a deeper engagement. The result is this series of chronicles that shed light on geopolitical oscillations through everyday gestures, chronicles that share the thrill of a frozen vista or a rebel symphony, chronicles capable of drawing silent to bear witness.

An astonished five-year-old girl who observes the landing of Yuri Gagarin while planting potatoes with her grandmother; the “radioactive” DJ who used his music to make the Chernobyl liquidators forget their imminent death; the eccentric daily life at the Soviet composers’ building… History, literature, politics, tradition, conflicts, and distinctive beauty. A multi-faceted portrait set on the world’s largest stage.


Gerard Espelt
Ara Llibres

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