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Ретро-рецензия: Moscow Graffiti: Language and Subculture by John Bushnell

The author rediscovers a book published two decades ago. A book of John Bushnell, an American historian, explores graffiti in late 1980’s Moscow. It was written when Russian scholars and urbanites did not consider inscriptions on the walls as something significant. Bushnell tells about inscriptions made by different subcultures: sport fans, rockers, political and social movements, and even literature fans (famous Bulgakov “Master and Margarita”-themed graffiti). Bushnell provides a fascinating guided tour to everyday life of Soviet Moscow, identifying idiosyncrasies of its public spaces and describing limits of the official control in the city.