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Brutal Beauty - Weird and wonderful buildings from the last decades of the USSR

Brutal Beauty

Weird and wonderful buildings from the last decades of the USSR

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Frédéric Chaubin. CCCP. Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed

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  • "A revolutionary read."

    — Architectural Digest
  • "...an eye-opening experience for those who assumed that Soviet architecture died with the rise of Stalin."

    — The New York Times
  • "This book is an extraordinary achievement, and Chaubin’s haunting photographs only improve with looking."

    — World of Interiors
  • “The wonderfully titled CCCP is the perfect coffee table book for unrepentant Marxists.”

    — Huffington Post
  • "Soviet brutalism is not something traditionally thought of as beautiful, but Frederic Chaubin’s stunning photographs should go some way to changing this. This book is a bold foray into an architectural period that is barely documented, either in the former Soviet Union or the west."

    — The Observer
  • “… one of the most splendid of recent architecural publications and a revelation.”

    — Apollo Magazine

Michael Mann

“My two favorites at the moment are Cosmic Communist Constructions with its post-sputnik megalomania, while hidden within the architecture’s DNA, almost unconsciously, is a remnant of Socialist purpose—glorious, excessive, and tragic—and Caravaggio, for some of the same reasons.“
Michael Mann
Illustration: Robert Nippoldt