The Girl From the Metropol Hotel

The Girl From the Metropol Hotel

Growing up in Communist Russia

eBook - 2017
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"The prizewinning memoir of one of the world's great writers, about coming of age and finding her voice amid the hardships of Stalinist Russia. Like a young Edith Piaf, wandering the streets singing for alms, and like Oliver Twist, living by his wits, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya grew up watchful and hungry, a diminutive figure far removed from the heights she would attain as an internationally celebrated writer. In The Girl from the Metropol Hotel, her prizewinning memoir, she recounts her childhood of extreme deprivation, made more acute by the awareness that her family of Bolshevik intellectuals, now reduced to waiting in bread lines, once lived large across the street from the Kremlin in the opulent Metropol Hotel. As she unravels the threads of her itinerant upbringing--of feigned orphandom, of sleeping in freight cars and beneath the kitchen tables of communal apartments, of the fugitive pleasures of scraps of food--we see, both in her remarkable lack of self-pity and in the more than two dozen photographs throughout the text, her feral instinct and the crucible in which her gift for giving voice to a nation of survivors was forged"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Penguin Books,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781101993514
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Nov 15, 2017

The strength of the human spirit can be almost unbelievable at times. Hard to know how people can survive this type of childhood, but she did and she thrived. Very short little book made up of vignettes from the author's childhood in the USSR during the war years and into the 50's and 60's as a young adult.

Sep 01, 2017

Delightful memoir.

May 11, 2017

This is not the sort of book I generally read, but read the review on the BBC. Excellent. Clearly conveys her childhood, which would seem to an outsider to be incredibly miserable (and I'm sure she also thought that at times). But she manages to stay in touch with being a child, and how normal these events seemed to her at the time. Not just enjoyable and fascinating, but also gives a picture into Russia. (Thank you, KCLS, for ordering when I requested!)

JCLAngelicaR Mar 30, 2017

If you think that life is unfair to you and it's just too much to take, read this miniature in size but enormous in impact memoir. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was born in the Soviet Union into a family of "the enemies of the people" a few years before the World War II. She had to endure the stigma attached to the status from the very beginning of her life. In her upbeat narrative that alternates from the first to the third person, Petrushevskaya manages to describe almost indescribable episodes from her childhood and youth. The hardships of her life almost destroyed her body but tempered her spirit. She has produced literary masterpieces that finally received a well-deserved recognition in Russia and worldwide. A heart wrenching but hugely inspiring read.


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