Labyrinth and the Princeton Public Library invite you to a conversation between two acclaimed journalists and Russia-experts. They will be discussing Shaun Walker’s new book.
In The Long Hangover, Walker provides a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Russia's resurgence under Putin. By cleverly exploiting the memory of the Soviet victory over fascism in World War II, Putin's regime has made ordinary Russians feel that their country is great again.
Walker’s book about Russia’s search for a new identity tells the story through the country's troubled relationship with its Soviet past. Walker not only explains Vladimir Putin's goals and the government's official manipulations of history, but also focuses on ordinary Russians and their motivations. He charts how Putin raised victory in World War II to the status of a national founding myth in the search for a unifying force to heal a divided country, and shows how dangerous the ramifications of this have been. The book furthermore explores why Russia, unlike Germany, has failed to come to terms with the darkest pages of its past: Stalin's purges, the Gulag, and the war deportations.
The Long Hangover is a book about a lost generation: the millions of Russians who lost their country and the subsequent attempts to restore to them a sense of purpose.
Shaun Walker is the Moscow correspondent for The Guardian. He has worked as a journalist in Moscow for more than a decade. Previously, he was Moscow Correspondent for The Independent. Julia Ioffe is an American journalist who covers national security and foreign policy topics for The Atlantic.. Her writing has previously appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, Forbes, The New Republic, Politico, and Russia!