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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.

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"I hope..."


Raisa Gorbachev.
I hope.
Translated by David Floyd. London, 1991

...My book I hope is not a book of memoirs or an autobiography with its scrupulous attention to chronology and detail. Still less is it a systematic exposition of my views and beliefs. although they are present in the book. It is a book of straight speaking, probably at times inconsistent, emotional and patchy. It is a story about myself in the past and in the present, about events and impressions gained on the spot. It is a spontaneous and particularly presonal response to what is happening around me and to the dramatic conflicts, shocks and, nevertheless, accomplishments that now distinguish public life in my country. For me this book provides an opportunity to express myself, to explain certain things and to put the rest certain misunderstandings. It also enables me to share my problems, my anxieties and my hopes. If that finds a response in your hearts, I will be happy.

Raisa Gorbachev






Translator's Note
To the Foreign Reader

1. Invination to an Interview
2. We Were All Children Once
3. University Years
4. The Test of Real Life
5. Thing I Take to Heart
6. My Hopes





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