I Love Russia

reporting from a lost country
Kostyuchenko, Elena
Vintage Publishing, 363 blz., paperback, 2023, ISBN 9781847927705

'Read this book' - Svetlana Alexievich

I Love Russia takes us to places that non-Russians have never seen and brings us to voices we have never heard. It is Elena Kostyuchenko's fearless attempt to document Russia as experienced by those whom it systematically and brutally erases: village girls recruited into sex work, queer people in the outer provinces, patients and doctors at a Ukrainian maternity ward, and reporters like herself.

At once uncompromising and deeply humane, it stitches reportage and personal essays into a kaleidoscopic, often otherworldly journey. Here is Russia as it is, not as we imagine it.

I Love Russia may be the last work from her homeland Kostyuchenko will publish for a long time - perhaps ever. She writes driven by the conviction that the greatest form of love and patriotism is criticism. And because the threat of Putin's Russia extends beyond herself, beyond Crimea, and beyond Ukraine.

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