In Soviet Times People Knew Where to Cross the Road
By Mark Doel
Yerevan, 1995. Armenia has not long suffered the cataclysm of an earthquake and the collapse of
the Soviet empire, a superpower now shattered into fragments. The country is bankrupt; water and electricity are unreliable. Old women scratch a living selling apples in the streets whilst their spiv grandsons trade currency in basement backrooms. Into this landscape is dropped a professor from England with a fistful of dollars to make a video – or so he has been told.
In Soviet Times People Knew Where to Cross the Road is a comedy, mystery, and travel drama wrapped in one. Follow the travels and travails of Tristram Lode as he discovers a parallel world, and it discovers him.