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The Other Russia

Experience of Exile

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber, London, United Kingdom
Published: 5th Mar 1990
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm
ISBN-10: 0571135749
ISBN-13: 9780571135745
Barcode No: 9780571135745
This book is the product of many years research and interviewing. Michael Glenny travelled throughout the world to track down the eyewitness accounts reproduced here of the 1905 Revolution, the 1917 Revolution, and life in Soviet Russia in the time of Lenin and Stalin. The stories told here are the stories of those who left, emigres fleeing from Bolshevism, Stalinism and most recently, anti-Jewish discrimination. The book is both a picture of a world that has been lost and an account of the lives of some of the centuries most famous refugees.

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An oral history of three generations of Russian emigres, collected by Glenny (twice chairman of the Translators' Association) and Stone (Hitler, 1980, etc.). The authors begin with their most exciting tale - that of oceanographer Slava Kurilov's 1975 bid for freedom, when he leapt into the Pacific from the deck of a cruise ship and spent two days and three nights swimming to the Philippines. The balance of the reminiscences are divided into three historical periods - 1900-1921, 1922-1945, 1946-1986. We meet Jews fleeing pogroms; Christians running from the Reds; aristocrats, bourgeoisie, and intellectuals escaping the Bolsheviks; peasants trying to outrun famine; and dozens of others fleeing Stalin, the Germans, civil war, world war, Khrushchev, Brezhnev. The list seems endless, yet the recollections of these emigres are filled with memorable moments: the Christian aristocrat who responded to the 1905 pogroms by launching an international appeal to restore the property and fortunes of his Jewish neighbors; the middle-class woman who kept her family fed during the Revolution by trading directly with the peasants - her husband's underwear for food; the Jews who overcame humiliation, poverty, and an enormous bureaucracy to emigrate to Israel. Most touching of all is the ambivalence of the emigres themselves - what do you do when you love your homeland but hate what your homeland has become? The voices in oral histories often tend to sound alike, and those here are no exception. Still, the poignant stories let us feel their tellers' anguish as they prepare to leave their homeland, and to share their relief when they are safe at last. (Kirkus Reviews)