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Six Days in Leningrad
     

Six Days in Leningrad

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by Simons Paullina
 
The never-before-told story of the journey behind THE BRONZE HORSEMAN From the author of the celebrated, internationally bestselling Bronze Horseman saga comes a glimpse into the private life of its much loved creator, and the real story behind the epic novels. Paullina Simons gives us a work of non-fiction as captivating and heart-wrenching as the lives of tatiana

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The never-before-told story of the journey behind THE BRONZE HORSEMAN From the author of the celebrated, internationally bestselling Bronze Horseman saga comes a glimpse into the private life of its much loved creator, and the real story behind the epic novels. Paullina Simons gives us a work of non-fiction as captivating and heart-wrenching as the lives of tatiana and Alexander. Only a few chapters into writing her first story set in Russia, her mother country, Paullina Simons travelled to Leningrad (now St Petersburg) with her beloved Papa. What began as a research trip turned into six days that forever changed her life, the course of her family, and the novel that became tHE BRONZE HORSEMAN. After a quarter-century away from her native land, Paullina and her father found a world trapped in yesteryear, with crumbling stucco buildings, entire families living in seven-square-meter communal apartments, and barren fields bombed so badly that nothing would grow there even fifty years later. And yet there were the spectacular white nights, the warm hospitality of family friends and, of course, the pelmeni and caviar. At times poignant, at times inspiring and funny, this is both a fascinating glimpse into the inspiration behind the epic saga, and a touching story of a family's history, a father and a daughter, and the fate of a nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781460701836
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
230,158
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad in 1963. As a child she emigrated to Queens, New York, and attended colleges in Long Island. Then she moved to England and attended Essex University, before returning to America. She lives in New York with her husband and children.

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Six Days in Leningrad 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Who said memory is kind? Memory is merciless. My father was right. 'All the things you want to remember, Paullina, I want to forget'." This is the personal story of Paullina Simons and her father going back to Leningrad prior to her writing The Bronze Horseman. It's the first time she had been back. While memory is a powerful thing, it's the differences between memory and reality that cause the most emotions, the most reactions. The memory of a child versus the reality of a grown woman is vastly different. "These three things:the smell of Shepelevo, the smell of the Metro and the taste of creme brulee ice cream. The essence of my childhood in Russia."  Through this memoir, PS has given us a glimpse into her life, her relationship with her father (I chuckled quite a few times at their exchanges because they are so typically father to daughter comments), her memories as a child and the stark reality of her visit as an adult. She has given us a wonderful account of her six days trying to reconcile her memories and the lives of those still in Leningrad with the life she now lives in America. Some guilt, some appreication, some saddness.  We are also given her personal impressions of visting and experiencing some of the sites related to the seige and liberation of Leningrad that her family survived. Just like the magic she created with her words in TBH, the way in which she describes her experiences at the Diorama and mass burial site is nothing short of heartbreaking and vivid that you cannot help but be right there with her and feel the emotions she is feeling. Anyone who carries the story, emotions and love of Tatiana & Alexander with them, will no doubt love this book as well.