In Gorbachev, Heaven, Vitaly Mansky encounters one of the most titanic figures of 20th century history. From his secluded estate on the outskirts of Moscow, Mikhail Gorbachev reflects on the major battles of his life through a series of contentious conversations with Mansky. He struggles with the effects of his age. By capturing Gorbachev’s reflections on his own role in the dissolution of the USSR, Mansky offers a glimpse into the shocking psychological life of this figure: this is a man who has, through necessity, shut-off a part of himself from the outside world, whose core is near impenetrable. That Gorbachev’s reforms precipitated the collapse of the USSR is an irony that, seemingly, he will forever have to steel himself against.
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