WONDERLAND: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith

I want this book.

From Jason Eskenazi’s own website: a preview.

The USSR was not only a vast closed territory with extensive geographical boundaries that stretched from Europe through Asia but is also a huge well of memory or dis-memory – a utopian vision that became a dystopian nightmare lasting nearly a century. The story of Communism is the story of the 20th century. For many, the Soviet Union existed, like their childhood, as a fairy tale where many of the realities of life were hidden from plain view. When the Berlin Wall finally fell so too did the illusion of that utopia. But time changes memory. The ex-Soviets confused the memory of their innocent youth for their nation’s utopian vision, unable to confront its history and thus creating nostalgia for tragedy. This book tries to seek and portray the socialist dream, the nightmare of the USSR beneath the veneer and the reality that emerged after the fall. And like all fairy tales try to teach us: the hard lessons of self-reliance.

In many ways this is My Dream Project. Very eager to see this in print, and see how it compares to the other ‘dream-killer’ of Jonas Bendiksen’s Satellites which covers relatively similar territory.

If you want to be a secret santa for me, the book can be purchased at Amazon. Bet it looks spectacular… it was designed by de.MO.


If you want a review of this book, head over to 5b4. I haven’t got my hands on a copy yet, they’re the experts it seems.

2 Responses to “WONDERLAND: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith”

  1. dvafoto - M. Scott Brauer and Matt Lutton › To Do NYC: 11/13 Eskenazi’s Wonderland at Leica Gallery

    […] out the opening reception of Jason Eskenazi’s WONDERLAND at the Leica Gallery. I previously wrote about this book, and sadly have yet to find a copy for myself, but this seems like a great chance to see the work […]

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    […] mentioned Jason Eskenazi and his new book Wonderland a couple of times now (1, 2), and last week NPR published an interview with him, and you can listen online. Eugene Richards […]

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