Mute Phone Calls and Other Stories: Ruther Zernova

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Anyone interested in Soviet literature, women's writing, and well-crafted fiction will welcome this collection of nine stories by Ruth Zernova. the stories, translated from Russian, span three decades of her writing career. Selected for their focus on the world and voice she creates as a woman writer.
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Overview

Anyone interested in Soviet literature, women's writing, and well-crafted fiction will welcome this collection of nine stories by Ruth Zernova. the stories, translated from Russian, span three decades of her writing career. Selected for their focus on the world and voice she creates as a woman writer.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Most of Zernova's ( Zhenskie Rasskazy: Women's Stories ) generally autobiographical tales are set in a Soviet Union where one can be robbed of security, family, livelihood or freedom at a moment's notice. Like their creator, all the heroine/narrators are intellectuals, and most have been arrested without cause and sent for several years to prison, away from their small children. Bringing to their ordeals intelligence, decency and introspection, they emerge with uncommon perception and a reflective, melancholy appreciation of life. With quirky bravado, the protagonist in ``Elizabeth Arden'' keeps her appointment for a facial with her cosmetician, although each is haunted by nightmarish fears of secret police surveillance. In ``Kuzka's Mother'' labor camp inmates demonstrate pathos, courage and staggering adaptability. A middle-aged couple in ``A Long, Long Summer'' takes delight in the children who play beneath their windows, recapturing the years they missed their own children when both were imprisoned. A sensitive collection that brings a sturdy message of hope. Reeve teaches at Connecticut College. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Even readers who prefer novels will be bewitched by these lovely short stories: when the proofs inadvertently omitted several pages from the end of one, this reader was left speechless with frustration. Here are beautiful stories, sensitively translated, with intelligent, insightful notes. Although the stories were written by a Russian, their subject matter makes them accessible to all, and especially appealing to women. Whether the setting is ordinary or exotic, love, children, and relationships are the central themes. Whether Zernova takes us to the Spanish Civil War or to a little antique shop around the corner, it matters little; the feelings she elicits are universal. Although widely translated into other languages, Zernova's work is until now underrepresented in English. Highly recommended.-- Ruth M. Ross, Olympic Coll. Lib., Bremerton, Wash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813517360
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Series: Rutgers Press Fiction Series
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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