The Mysteries of the Caucasus

The Mysteries of the Caucasus

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The author, a former senior United Nations official stationed in Sukhumi and Tbilisi, tells the stories of people in Abkhazia and Georgia proper, intertwined with astute and timely analysis of the political events that have shaped the small Caucasus nation in the years since she gained her independencea€”from the rise and fall of Shevardnadze, the hero of perestroika and the Westa€™s favourite a€œdemocrata€, to the era of Saakashvili, the proclaimed a€œbeacon of democracya€, increasingly authoritarian and challenged by a discontented public. The analysis is also anchored in Georgiaa€™s history and collective memory, indelibly marked by the lasting impact of the brutal rule of Stalin and Beria and the ever-present shadow and interference of Russia.Each required the services of caters and bartenders to attend to the patrons, and the services of handymen to deal with endlessly malfunctioning electrical wiring, coffee machines and cookers, and that of the unhinged doors and brokenanbsp;...

Title:The Mysteries of the Caucasus
Author: Dorota Gierycz
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2010-09-23

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