Join us


Michel Eltchaninoff

Lenin Walked on the Moon

Cover: Lenin Walked on the Moon - Michel Eltchaninoff

Michel Eltchaninoff

Lenin Walked on the Moon

2023, pp. 256, Paperback
ISBN: 9781787704756
Translated by: Tina Kover
Region: France
Book collection: Europa Compass
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
£ 14.99

The book

How a Soviet cosmic dream is becoming a modern reality

Cheating death and raising the dead. Creating life. Freeing the spirit. Colonising space. These projects, of which some have been achieved and some will soon, have a shared Russian history, belonging to a movement known as cosmism – a mixture of scientific research, metaphysics and mysticism.

More than 100 years ago, key Russian thinkers and anarchists alike wanted to resurrect the dead and send them into space. Since then, cosmists have prepared to colonise the planets, to save a world that would become overpopulated after death had been vanquished.

Cosmism was the model behind the Soviet Union. Yet, it is still ever-present, and cosmism is responsible for a number of Russian policies. Decades ago, it also found itself a second home: Silicon Valley. A principal source of inspiration for Californian transhumanists, Soviet cosmism founded the core dreams of contemporary society – immortality and colonisation of space. The cosmists have written our future, and we’re now living it.

The author

Michel Eltchaninoff
Michel Eltchaninoff is Editor-in-Chief of Philosophie magazine, and a specialist in the history of Russian thought. He is the author of Inside the Mind of Vladimir Putin (Hurst, 2018), winner of the Prix de La Revue des Deux Mondes.

Books by region

  • Cover: Dogs and Wolves - Hervé Le Corre

    Hervé Le Corre

    Dogs and Wolves

    2024, pp. 288, £ 14.99
    A gripping noir about the blossoming of poisonous passions.
  • Cover: Forgotten on Sunday - Valérie Perrin

    Valérie Perrin

    Forgotten on Sunday

    2024, pp. 256, £ 9.99
    From the million copy bestselling author of Fresh Water for Flowers
  • Cover: The Postcard - Anne Berest

    Anne Berest

    The Postcard

    2024, pp. 480, £ 9.99
    A moving novel based on the true story of a familys endurance and pain, and a heartfelt exploration of Jewish identity in a secular society...
  • Cover: A Good Life - Virginie Grimaldi

    Virginie Grimaldi

    A Good Life

    2024, pp. 288, £ 9.99
    An emotional and uplifting novel from the French Marian Keyes
  • Cover: Paradises Lost - Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

    Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

    Paradises Lost

    2024, pp. 480, £ 14.99
    The beginning of a unique adventure, the tremendous challenge of recounting the history of humanity.
  • Cover: Living with Our Dead - Delphine Horvilleur

    Delphine Horvilleur

    Living with Our Dead

    2024, pp. 144, £ 12.99
    In this moving and engaging book by one of France’s few female rabbis and leader of the country’s Liberal Jewish Movement, Delphine Horvilleur...

More suggestions