Buddha's Balalaika by Pyotr Patrushev

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Buddha's Balalaika
collected humor, essays, glimpses into life in Russia, and poetry 

by
Pyotr Patrushev

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“This collection of writings shows what a brilliant mind Pyotr Patrushev has – quirky, original and deep thinking. I am honored to have had him as my translator and delighted to read here more of his written legacy. This collection offers us a sample of the tremendous breadth of interests that he held. His stories demonstrate his great humanity, his humor, his warm heart and his unique world view. I commend them to you with the friendly warning that you will see the world a little differently after reading them.”

- Helena Cornelius,
Conflict Resolution Network

“Pyotr Patrushev, writer and translator, a man who made a dramatic escape by swimming across part of the Black sea when he was 20, a man who broadcast from the BBC and in Europe critically of the Soviet Union, a man once on a wanted list of the KGB, a man who sees himself as a peace maker and bridge builder between East and West. Pyotr's life-long search for meaning has taken him deeply into classical literature and into challenging, often painful self-analyses. His exploration led him from Christian Bible thorough the Transpersonal psychology schools of West coast USA to Daoism and the I Ching. When initiated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968 he was asked whether he wanted peace or knowledge. He replied: "both please"....Pyotr was invited to interpret for high-level conferences between, for example Soviet and American scientists and leaders in alternative medicine and spirituality…We hear a man holding a mirror at the events of his life to see what may be reflected there of the inner journey. Because of his insight I think you may find Pyotr Patrushev a most illuminating story teller as he lets us have a glimpse into his search of meaning.”


- Caroline Jones AO,
Australian radio and television journalist



PYOTR PATRUSHEV worked for the BBC in London and as a science writer in Munich and San Francisco. He published numerous articles in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian and worked for the Australian radio and television.

He is the author of 4 books: Project NirvanaSentenced to Death, a memoir about his escape from Russia to Turkey (published in Russia in 2005), The Transcendent Ape, and Buddha's Balalaika (collected writings 1964-2014). Find more about the life and work of Pyotr on the web  at http://pyotr-patrushev.com/

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