From communist to TV reporter to CEO in China: An adventurer of his generation tells his unbelievable story.
Thin shoulders, blue corduroy trousers, cheap glasses, long hair, good middle-school student, non-smoker, shy – and nevertheless Adrian Geiges is feared in the cosy Black Forest town of Staufen as a rebel. Why? He is a member of the youth organization of the German Communist Party. Active in the peace movement and firm in the theories of Mao, Marx and Lenin, he dreams about leaving bourgeois existence behind and starting a new life as a professional revolutionary. When the party sends him one year to a secret cadre school in East Germany, he gets acquainted with the dialectic of the socialist reality: singing revolutionary songs, strange prohibitions, and even communist sexual morality. With enthusiasm he starts his long march to change the world – but instead he himself changes like the world around him: As a tabloid TV reporter he looks for sensations in the Moscow red light areas, becomes a tough boss of an international corporation in China and enjoys the company of Shanghai beauties.
Totally honest, totally funny and totally frivolous he tells about his life between Mao studies and Chinese night clubs, oral sex and peace marches, class struggle and corruption.
Russia after the breakdown of the Soviet Union: Drunken red armists near St. Petersburg drive around with atomic missiles. The TV reporters succeed without problem in smuggling nuclear material out of a factory. In Rostov at the river Don a serial killer is on trial live on TV. A children’s mafia controls the streets of Moscow… In addition to bizarre scenes of Russian life at that time Adrian Geiges and Andre Zalbertus describe the political events – from two coup d’etats, which they covered from the centre of the fighting, to the bloody conflicts in the Caucasus.
Was on the Spiegel magazine bestseller list, the most renowned bestseller list in Germany.
“The book is interesting, because curious young journalists describe first hand a changing world. And it is thrilling, because excellent writing and a clear structure make the reading easy.”
West German General Newspaper
“It catapults me into the world of flowing borders between politics, war and crime.”
The first authentic investigation: Sexuality in the Soviet Union. In frank talks with young women and men the authors show the effects of the changing society on the people and their personal relations. Love, sex and perestroika – an insight into the everyday life in the Soviet Union.
“This book is about the still existing unequality of man and women, about sexist behaviour of Soviet men and the intolerance against everything which differs from the norm. But Adrian Geiges and Tatyana Suvorova also write about the resistance especially of women against these old norms. Their report is the first investigation of the sexual state of the Soviet society after decades of moral stagnation.”
Günter Amendt in his epilogue to the book
“The beds are governed by frustration. A Moscow female journalist and her West German male colleague wanted to know whether the perestroika has changed the sex life of the Soviet people. Result: The old prudery continues.”
Katja Gloger, Stern
“The book not only names the puritanic, legal and official taboos, but also asks what stands behind them… Adrian Geiges and Tatyana Suvorava succeeded in the nearly impossible, because each time when they visited a factory, a school, an institute or a ministry, they first had to break a hole into the wall of the ‘responsible comrades’ through signatures, stamps and telephone approval. But after they succeeded getting past the bureaucrats, they met open people. The young women and men replied willingly and sincerely.”
Vladimir Pylyov, Moscow News
Everybody talked about perestroika during that time – but what was it like on location? In a richly nuanced report Adrian Geiges tells of his experiences with the young people of the industrialized city of Rostov. He worked with them on an assembly line for harvester combines and studied with them in their middle school classes. He accompanied them to the youth club, the rock concert hall and the soccer stadium. He talked with them about love and sex, about punk rock and heavy metal, about old habits and new thinking.
“If somebody would ask me how best to inform himself about perestroika in books, I would recommend him two: The 1987 published book of the greatest statesman of our time, Mikhail Gorbachev, which draws the big lines about this topic, and the one just now published by Adrian Geiges, which describes the everyday life of perestroika in the year 1987.”
Juergen Kuczynski, Professor for Economic Sciences, author of the East German bestseller “Dialogue With My Great-Grandson”