Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums

Omidi, Maryam

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Visi­ting a Soviet sana­to­ri­um is like step­ping back in time. Ori­gi­nal­ly built in the 1920s, they affor­ded workers a place to holi­day, cour­te­sy of a sta­te-fun­ded vou­cher sys­tem. At their peak they were visi­ted by mil­li­ons of citi­zens across the USSR every year. A com­bi­na­ti­on of medi­cal insti­tu­ti­on and spa, the era’s sana­to­ri­ums are among the most inno­va­ti­ve buil­dings of their time.

Alt­hough aes­theti­cal­ly diver­se, Soviet uto­pi­an values per­me­a­ted every aspect of the­se struc­tures; Wes­tern holi­days were per­cei­ved as deca­dent. By con­trast, sana­to­ri­um breaks were inten­ded to edi­fy and streng­t­hen visi­tors: health pro­fes­sio­nals care­ful­ly moni­to­red guests throug­hout their stay, so they could return to work with rene­wed vigor. Cer­tain sana­to­ri­ums beca­me known for their spe­cia­list tre­at­ments, such as cru­de-oil baths, radon water dou­ches and stints in under­ground salt caves.

While today some sana­to­ri­ums are in cri­ti­cal sta­tes of decli­ne, many are still ful­ly ope­ra­tio­nal and con­ti­nue to offer their Soviet-era tre­at­ments to visi­tors. Using spe­ci­al­ly com­mis­sio­ned pho­to­graphs by lea­ding pho­to­graph­ers of the post-Soviet ter­ri­to­ries, and texts by sana­to­ri­um expert Maryam Omidi, this book docu­ments over 45 sana­to­ri­ums and their uncon­ven­tio­nal tre­at­ments. From Arme­nia to Uzbe­ki­stan, it rep­res­ents the most com­pre­hen­si­ve sur­vey to date of this fasci­na­ting and pre­vious­ly over­loo­ked Soviet insti­tu­ti­on.

EAN

9780993191190

ISBN

978-0-9931911-9-0

Autor

Seitenzahl

192

Beschreibung

Englisch

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Größe

21 x 16,5 cm

Verlag

Einbandart

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