The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor: A Siberian Memoir, 1869-1954

TitleThe Life of a Russian Woman Doctor: A Siberian Memoir, 1869-1954
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsBek, Anna Nikolaevna
Series EditorRassweiler, Anne Dickason
Number of Pages152
PublisherIndiana University Press

The story of an idealistic Russian woman doctor in pre- and postrevolutionary Siberia. Annotation The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor by Anna Bek (1869-1954) yields rich insights into the lives of a generation of Russian women who lived at a time of revolutionary change, extraordinary challenges, and unprecedented opportunities. Written in a lively and compelling style, Anna Bek's memoir reveals not only the experiences but also the motives and values of women who sought education, independence, and self-sufficiency, the obstacles they encountered, and the influences of other woman and men on their lives. This engrossing memoir also engages the special context of Siberian geography and history--the vast distances and isolation, the heterogeneous population of settlers, exiles, and convicts, the closeness and interdependence of families and communities, and the deep appreciation of nature. This book offers a rewarding excursion into Siberian social history and an intimate acquaintance with two exceptional individuals of great charm and courage--Anna Bek and her American editor, Anne D. Rassweiler.

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