Memories

Memories

From Moscow to the Black Sea

eBook - 2016
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Considered Teffi’s single greatest work, Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea is a deeply personal account of the author’s last months in Russia and Ukraine, suffused with her acute awareness of the political currents churning around her, many of which have now resurfaced.

In 1918, in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution, Teffi, whose stories and journalism had made her a celebrity in Moscow, was invited to read from her work in Ukraine. She accepted the invitation eagerly, though she had every intention of returning home. As it happened, her trip ended four years later in Paris, where she would spend the rest of her life in exile. None of this was foreseeable when she arrived in German-occupied Kiev to discover a hotbed of artistic energy and experimentation. When Kiev fell several months later to Ukrainian nationalists, Teffi fled south to Odessa, then on to the port of Novorossiysk, from which she embarked at last for Constantinople. Danger and death threaten throughout Memories, even as the book displays the brilliant style, keen eye, comic gift, and deep feeling that have made Teffi one of the most beloved of twentieth-century Russian writers.

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2016
ISBN: 1590179528 electronic bk
9781590179529 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK B TEFFI
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ClaireM_W
Apr 17, 2017

What a wonderful writer, what a wonderful travel adventure. FYI: there's a map at the END, rather than the usual start of the book, and while reading, would have loved to be able to follow Teffi's progress visually. (I love maps.) Set in the same era as "Dr. Zhivago", this is a much lighter story as our herroine manages to scamper ahead of constant impending war fronts. A page turner!

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cc51
Sep 26, 2016

Really outstanding translation into English idiom, riveting stories of escaping Bolshevik Russia.

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mclarjh
Sep 22, 2016

Interesting, and funny.

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