Item description for The Reliable Past by Genna Sosonko...
The Reliable Past is the eagerly awaited sequel to Russian Silhouettes, Genna Sosonko's marvellous collection of portraits from the golden age of Soviet chess. Sosonko, who left Leningrad to settle in Holland in 1972, described champions and other key figures of Soviet chess from a privileged dual perspective. In this new book, the author again shows himself a perceptive chronicler of a time when chess occupied a unique position in his native country; but he also wanders across its borders with his memories of Dutch World Champion Max Euwe and a touching tribute to the first ever British grandmaster, Tony Miles. From the preface by Garry Kasparov: The Reliable Past presents the reader with a gallery of wonderful pen-portraits that radiate the authors love of and devotion to chess, yet are tempered by a due measure of objectivity and detachment. Look, it says this is the chess world and its heroes, warts and all! Genna Sosonko has managed to become a genuinely free person and to rise above the conventionalities of the chess world. It is essential that he has such a wide-ranging knowledge of this world and is himself an inalienable part of it, but it is his position as an independent observer, with a keen eye for both the good and the bad, that makes his stories so rich and fascinating. His portraits are not journalism but literature. I hope that the author will continue for as long as possible to do what he does better than anyone else in the world
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Studio: New In Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 25, 2003
Publisher New in Chess
ISBN 9056911147 ISBN13 9789056911140
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reliable past May 22, 2008
I remember reading "the reliable past" article dedicated to the 50th birthday of Rafael Vaganian on the Russian website www.peoples.ru. I recently discovered the article has disappeared. That was really pity. But now I've got this book with the same title and there are many more portraits on other chess players like Euwe, Miles,Lutikov, Bagirov, Korchnoi etc. I would highly recommend this book not only to those who is interested in chess, but also or especially to historians since... You'll find it out yourself why after you've read the book. Excellent!!! The same gose for the title "Smart Chip from Sankt Petersburg". Unique. I am now waiting for the first book "Russian Silhouettes" which is not available.