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Girl from the Metropol Hotel : Growing Up in Communist Russia (Paperback) (Ludmilla Petrushevskaya)

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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.
Number of Pages: 149
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Language: English
Street Date: February 7, 2017
TCIN: 51543636
UPC: 9780143129974
Item Number (DPCI): 248-23-4626
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