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"Back to the Future / Retour vers le futur" Érudit est un consortium interuniversitaire sans but lucratif composé de l'Université de Montréal, l'Université Laval et l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Il a pour mission la promotion et la valorisation de la recherche. Érudit offre des services d'édition numérique de documents scientifiques depuis 1998. Pour communiquer avec les responsables d'Érudit : [email protected] Article Gary Michael Dault Ciel variable : art, photo, médias, culture, n° 84, 2010, p. 32-34. Pour citer cet article, utiliser l'information suivante : Note : les règles d'écriture des références bibliographiques peuvent varier selon les différents domaines du savoir. Ce document est protégé par la loi sur le droit d'auteur. L'utilisation des services d'Érudit (y compris la reproduction) est assujettie à sa politique d'utilisation que vous pouvez consulter à l'URI Document téléchargé le 17 February 2014 02:22 "Back to the Future / Retour vers le futur" 32 CIEL VARIABLE N ° 84 HABITÉ/ INHABITED Olga Chagaoutdinova was born in the northern Russian town of Khabarovsk, which is about seven hundred kilometres from Vladivostok. She was twenty years old when Mikhail Gorbachev intro- duced perestroika; the sweeping “restructuring” of her country set her adrift, as she puts it, leaving her “unable to see what to do, or where to go.” As a member of the first generation of post-com- munists, Chagaoutdinova quickly set about to give her life new definition. “I called myself a dinosaur,” she told me recently. “I had no future, and so, like many of my generation, I began to search for possi- ble new lives.” To that end, she married, had a child, and soon established a rather sophisticated advertising and publishing company in eastern Russia (“I was very poor, I was very rich, the pendulum always swinging to extremes, ninety degrees one way and then ninety degrees

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