New Book Looks At the USSR from a Personal Lens

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Author Thomas L. Aman pens It All Started With Gogol: Scenes From Life In Russia

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in the Soviet Union of old with its constraints on just about any demonstration of individuality

In his new book “It All Started With Gogol: Scenes From Life In Russia: Unusual Experiences In The Soviet Union” (published by Trafford Publishing), Thomas L. Aman retells personal narratives of living in the USSR, offering a more intimate and warm account to readers than typical books about the Soviet Union.

“It All Started With Gogol: Scenes From Life In Russia” recounts Aman’s personal experiences, as he says, “… in the Soviet Union of old with its constraints on just about any demonstration of individuality.” He shares with readers many episodes that demonstrate what life was truly like in the Soviet Union, rather than the official propagandized version of life that the government demonstrated. He takes a close look at the Russian people, focusing on their humor, wit, curiosity, generosity, intelligence, and their continual efforts to find ways to improve their lot in life.

An excerpt from “It All Started With Gogol: Scenes From Life In Russia”:

“In the pages that follow I refer to experiences that occurred ‘back then.’ I am referring to the period of time roughly from the death of Khrushchev until Yeltsin’s reign when the Soviet Union was a very strictly controlled society, almost stultifying in the limitations it attempted to impose on its citizens, and even more so on the foreigners who infrequently visited. However, there was another—much less controlled and far less known – subculture in Moscow that was usually totally closed and unknown to all foreigners, but that will frequently be described in the anecdotes that follow.”

Aman hopes readers find his book a bit more distinctive than many books on the history of the Soviet Union. “Most books about Russia discuss the history, politics or present military condition of the country,” he says. “Mine tells many stories that together paint a picture rather different: more humane, more humorous, more individual – not that of a monolith.”

About the Author
Thomas L. Aman taught Russian literature and history at the University of Texas, then managed all Soviet activity for an international trading company. His career then saw him serving for many years as director of U.S. government sponsored privatization and democracy development projects in Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. Aman spent nearly thirty years traveling and working in countries of the former Soviet Union and an accumulated nine years living there.

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