Burning Lights: A Unique Double Portrait of Russia

Burning Lights: A Unique Double Portrait of Russia

by Bella Chagall


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This charming memoir by Bella Chagall recalls her childhood in Vitebsk, the Russian-Jewish market town where she and her husband, Marc Chagall, grew up. Her warm reminiscences of Jewish family life in pre-Revolutionary Russia are illustrated with thirty-six pen-and-ink drawings by Marc Chagall.

Bella Chagall, a gifted author and actress, was the youngest of seven children born to a well-to-do Hasidic family. While living in France in the 1930s, the Chagalls conceived the idea of commemorating their native town with a book. The title they chose was Burning Lights, an allusion to the festive candles that in their childhood had lit up the holidays of the Jewish year.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805208634
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/12/1988
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

BELLA ROSENFELD CHAGALL (November 1985 – September 1944) was a Jewish Belarusian writer and the first wife of painter Marc Chagall. Chagall’s works include The Burning Lights and First Encounter.

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