Using printed postcards, this book narrates a story of various aspects of life in Russia beginning with the first years after the revolution in October 1917 and going up to the 1980s. Despite the broad time span, the subjects in the postcards are united consecutively through narration describing how official Soviet painting formed a holistic type of art -- socialist realism. Due to the Soviet national identity each artwork had to be published. For this reason many paintings were just printed as postcards, sometimes with mini-runs of just 100 copies. Therefore this stunning book also is an insight view into the Russian soul, glorifying the people's republic and World War 2 heroism. Hardcover, color.