Three Days in Moscow

Three Days in Moscow coverThree days in Moscow: A guide

Submitter: Why it’s awful: It mentions the USSR. The cars in the background of the statue are ancient [image below]. The history of Moscow ends at 1989. Ouch! So embarrassing to find this on our shelves (mid-size public library system). It’s a translation of: Tri dnya v Moskve.

Holly: Books about the USSR should definitely be written in proper historical context. Moscow is one of the biggest cities in the world, and the biggest in Europe. It is a thriving hub of culture and progress, which you’d never know from reading a book written in 1989. Pretty cover, though.

Statue of Vladimir Mayakovsky

Moscow timeline

Moscow Today


  1. I agree that it’s well past time to weed this one. Still, I find it very interesting.

    The English translation from a Russian original means that this book was intended for Soviet citizens visiting Moscow in 1989.

    I spent five days in Moscow back in 1971 when conditions were very different from both those of today and those portrayed in the book. Back then, our group of American tourists had dinner with a group from
    a convention of Adzerbijani bee-keepers. We had a wonderful time even though nobody in each group understood anybody from the other.

    I’d snatch up this book at a library sale in a minute.

  2. That is extremely close to the end of the Soviet state, so worth keeping on that score. If it doesn’t fit in the particular collection, though, find an archive that will take it. Or send it to me 🙂

  3. There are plenty of ancient cars in Moscow (and the rest of Russia) today. Many new ones, too.

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