The "Children of Perestroika" Come of Age: Young People of Moscow Talk about Life in the New Russia

By Deborah Adelman | Go to book overview

"SOME KIND OF JUSTICE
WILL COME"

LENA
Nineteen years old, second-year student of journalism,
Moscow State University

Lena and I get together many times while I am in Moscow. She is still small and thin and all nonstop energy. She wants to know more about everything. She is studying at the university, working full-time, writing articles, learning photography, taking violin lessons, and trying to find a way to go to Denmark to continue the language study she began years ago. She wants to see a bit of the world, she tells me, especially now, since there is no more Soviet Union with its vast borders and diverse cultures. One day she bakes a cake for me, on another she shows me the clothes she has sewn.

Lena wears her hair in the same short style of three years ago, but somehow the boyishness is gone. She dresses neatly and modestly, wears shirts even when we go for a walk in Izmailovsky Park on a Sunday afternoon. The day is hot and sunny and I feel tired and lazy, uninclined toward conversation as we sit on a bench and watch families out in paddleboats on a small lake. But Lena wants to talk about religion and philosophy and how a person can find meaning in life without a god. There is an urgency to her rapidfire questions: she wants to understand the world. She will leave no subject uncovered before my departure from Moscow, as if she is storing up our conversations for some later contemplation. Lena is going to go very far, I think. If she were a student in a class of mine, I would have a hard time keeping up with her.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • From Teenagers to Young Adults, 1989-1992 xv
  • Children of These Hungry Times 3
  • Marrying for Love 15
  • Still a Worker 35
  • Some Kind of Justice Will Come 55
  • I Don't like Living My Life According to the Plan 81
  • "Bomzh": No Fixed Address 97
  • I Want to Study 105
  • The Army Was Really an Important School for Me 117
  • Becoming a Farmer 131
  • Going into Business 141
  • I Hope My LIfe Will Have Some Meaning 173
  • Glossary 183
  • Index 187
  • About the Author 194
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