The Long Walk: The True? Story of a Trek to Freedom
I have mixed feelings about this book. I recently read it while on vacation, and although I really enjoyed the story, some of the claims made in the book seem dubious, and it seems like people who have looked into the matter have been unable to corroborate the author's account. The story itself - about a group escape of a Soviet prison camp and their year long walk through Siberia, Mongolia the Gobi desert, Tibet and the Himalayas - is great, a well written easy read. If you can't stand the thought of reading something that might be dishonest, try "The Gulag Archipelago" for a more depressing, but probably more realistic view of the lives and treatment of Soviet political prisoners. Volume 3 of that series even has some good escape stories.
The Criterion Collection have done much for the home cinema experience, beyond the selection of must-see film, and the care taken in reproducing immaculate sound and picture, Criterion also creates wonderful packaging for each DVD... The Criterion Collection have done much for the home cinema experience, beyond the selection of must-see film, and the care taken in reproducing immaculate sound and picture, Criterion also creates wonderful packaging for each DVD. One of my favorites is Andrei Tarkovsky's 1962 film "Ivan’s Childhood". About the film: The debut feature from the great Andrei Tarkovsky, Ivan’s Childhood is an evocative, poetic journey through the shadows and shards of one boy’s war-torn youth. Moving back and forth between the traumatic realities of WWII and the serene moments of family life before the conflict began, Tarkovsky’s film remains one of the most jarring and unforgettable depictions of the impact of violence on children in wartime.
Because it's a twisted take on the dictator Stalin
Anything USSR-ish fascinates me.