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Author Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila, author
Title Malenʹkai︠a︡ devochka iz "Metropoli︠a︡". English
The girl from the Metropol Hotel : growing up in communist Russia / Ludmilla Petrushevskaya ; translated with an introduction by Anna Summers
Imprint New York : Penguin Books, [2017]
book jacket
 Modern History Library  B 891.784403 P498    AVAILABLE    30550100610102
 人文社會聯圖  PG3485.E724 Z4613 2017    AVAILABLE    30610020538914
Descript xix, 149 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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Note "Originally Published in Russian by Amfora, St. Petersburg, 2006"--Title page verso
Translated from the Russian
"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
Introduction: Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's War / by Anna Summers -- The Girl from the Metropol Hotel -- Family Circumstances : The Vegers -- The War -- Kuibyshev -- Kuibyshev : Survival Strategies -- How I Was Rescued -- The Durov Theater -- Searching for Food -- Dolls -- Victory Night -- The Officers' Club -- The Courtiers' Language -- The Bolshoi Theater -- Down the Ladder -- Literary Sleep-Ins -- My Performances : Green Sweater -- The Portrait -- The Story of a Little Sailor -- My New Life -- The Hotel Metropol -- Mumsy -- Summer Camp -- Chekhov Street : Grandpa Kolya -- Trying to Fit In -- Children's Home -- I Want to Live! -- Snowdrop -- The Wild Berries -- Gorilla -- Dying Swan -- Sanych -- Foundling
Link Online version: Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila, author. Girl from the Metropol Hotel New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2017] 9781101993514 (DLC) 2016035280
Subject Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila -- Childhood and youth
Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila -- Family
Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila -- Friends and associates
Authors, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography
Moscow (Russia) -- Biography
Hotel Metropol (Moscow, Russia) -- History -- 20th century
Moscow (Russia) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Communism -- Social aspects -- Soviet Union -- History
Coming of age -- Soviet Union
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953 -- Biography
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