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Author: Dominique Lapierre
Translator(s)/ Edito: Kathryn Spink
Publisher: Full Circle
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788121612470
Dominique Lapierre, aged 25 and Jean-Pierre Pedrazzini, 27, two star reporters of the prestigious French news magazine Paris Match, obtained from Nikita Khrushchev in 1956 the extraordinary authorization to cross the iron curtain aboard their own automobile, and to travel 13,000 kilometers on the forbidden Soviet roads.
Never before had any foreigner been able to live such an adventure. In the whole of Soviet Russia, there was only one petrol pump selling high octance gasoline and no Soviet citizen had ever seen an automobile painted in two colours.
From Poland to the mountains of Ural, from the villages of White Russia to the beaches of the black sea, from the Kremlin to Stalin’s birth-place in Georgia, Lapiierre, Pedrazzini and their Parisian wives discover the secret faces of a people hidden behind the walls of the Cold War. As they get deeper into their adventure, they are struck by an alarming question: how has the Soviet regime managed to convince a nation deprived of freedom that it is the happiest one on earth?
Beyond its unbelievable adventure, this trip is a dive into a world that explored the history of mankind.
1. Nikita Khrushchev:
‘Your wives will divorce you in a fortnight’
2. Our first Russian night with the communist bison saved
By the great October revolution
3. Four ‘Martians’ on board a two-coloured space ship
4. ‘Tiflis to Krasnador is not like Paris to Nice’
5. ‘Dominique, the soviet Union will be here
For a thousand years!’
6. In the clutches of the military police right
In the middle of a top secret military base