Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea

TitleMemories: From Moscow to the Black Sea
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsTeffi, N.A.
Number of Pages267
PublisherNew York Review Books
CityNew York
Abstract

Considered Teffi's (1872-1952) single greatest work, this volume 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, the author, 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, the author fled south to Odessa, then on to the port of Novorossiysk, from which she embarked at last for Constantinople.

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