Naum Nim. Passangers

Author: Naum Nim
Title: Passangers

Year: 2006

A welldoing businessman comes to a police station as he has been summoned clear some details of his testimony in a minor case. But suddenly it appears that he was called there just to be jailed. It looks like a joke. It looks like a mistake that is be corrected very soon. It looks like a game. But it is neither. He must get used to the dirty cell walls, to exhausting interrogations, to sickmaking skilly, scary cellmates and lack of any respect to a human’s dignity. This masterfully written book can be regarded as a guide to a few spheres of Rus sian life that seem to be absolutely independent at a first glance: prison, high poli tics, artistic, literary and media circles. But getting deeper into the plot one begins see all the connections and links that do exist among all these. Originally the book was supposed to become a special novelmanual for businessmen who happen to find themselves in a prison. The author provides a striking example of such situation. He describes the circumstances and consequences of it giving his expertise comments. That’s the gist. But eventually this book became something pretending to be the new Encyclopedia of Russian Life. Having followed the adventures of the characters a reader obtains the full image of the modern Russian reality.
Naum Nim is an established Russian journalist, the editor-in-chief of two magazines dealing with prison, censorship and human rights matters. During the Soviet time he was imprisoned for the proliferation of the titles by Solzhenitsyn. That is why he knows the topic at first hand. Since 90s on he has been participating in diverse activities on human rights protection. He is a member of the Russian pen club.