Red Odyssey: A Voyage Across the Crumbling Empire (Hardcover)
Red Odyssey is a travel book written by Marat Akchurin for those who have a passion for reading good adventure and historical fiction. Through a kaleidoscope of individual perspectives, the author explores and describes the collective historical experience of a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional nation living in a crumbling totalitarian state. Red Odyssey is not a political treatise, sociological analysis, or history book about Central Asia during the former Soviet Union. It is rather a tale of adventures of a time traveler trying to survive in a surrealistic society permeated with hypocrisy. The ruling regime is captive to its own lies. So it falsifies the past, it falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. Imperial propaganda transforms reality into fiction. The goal of Red Odyssey is to reverse the fabricated verisimilitude of their false utopia into the harsh truth of reality. Akchurin's keen, perceptive eye, his taste for adventure, and his intimate knowledge of this fractured superpower-its history, cultures, legends, folklores, politics, and ethnicities-leave no stone unturned in his relentless exploration of places long ignored and misunderstood by the West.