This book was listed as ‘The Personal Diary of Vladimir Putin’ online, but that’s not what I got. At least not exactly. I guess it’s time to learn a new language! Also, this fictional Putin apparently is a more competent artist than the actual one:
Move over, Patriot; you may have just been dethroned as the lousiest RFTH Russia espionage thriller ever written!
Seriously, how do these books make it to publication?!
Wednesday evening after Soviet history class, I had a long and interesting conversation with my professor about Western perception of Russia. As is inevitable in such a conversation, we eventually got around to Putin and the numerous absurd ‘analyses’ of him. (Anyone remember the “gunslinger walk” and “Putin has Asperger’s syndrome”?) We invented a new …
Don’t you just love it when people tell you the only reason you criticize mainstream Russia coverage is because you “don’t like to hear bad things said about Putin”? It warms my heart, really. Almost as much as when people remind me I’m not criticizing the “bad guys” enough.
Today I caught wind of some *interesting* Russia news: Jason Matthews’s post-Soviet spy novel Red Sparrow is getting a movie adaptation in 2017.
The package is addressed to me, but I sure as crap didn’t order THIS on Amazon.