Paper Poppies: A Memoir

Paper Poppies: A Memoir

by Marianna Vekhova

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First published in Russia to critical acclaim, this eloquent and personal memoir by Marianna Vekhova describes the myriad of beliefs with which Russian people sought to fill their hungry souls during the communist years. Her journey represents millions of Russians today, many of whom are orphans like Marianna.

The story starts on a dark night when Marianna, crippled with spinal TB, lies strapped to a hospital bed in Siberia. A captive of pain, loneliness and fear, she embarks on a search for truth and hope. The story follows interweaving strands of Marianna's spiritual quests and discoveries, growing up amid the influences of Soviet atheism, the ascendancy of natural sciences, the folklore and superstitions of old Russia, the Jewish traditions of her father's family, the Orthodox traditions of her mother's family, and finally, the brave witness of one faithful Christian believer.

This book is for those interested in Russia, World War II, and the intersection of Russian/German/Jewish/Christian history. This memoir will allow the reader to enter the soul of that experience like no other.

This English version was translated from the Russian by Natalia Klukovkina.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149538782
Publisher: CLADACH Publishing
Publication date: 03/20/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 506 KB

About the Author

Marianna Vekhova is a freelance writer and creator of religious publications for youth in Russia. Her home is in Moscow where she has been involved in children's radio and television and drama workshop.

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Paper Poppies 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all experience times of loss, times of doubt, times of upheaval. And one reason to read a story like PAPER POPPIES is to gain from the victories and insights won by others who have gone through even worse times than we have, such as Europeans and Jews during World War II, and Christians under the Soviet Regime. As Americans today learning to live under the threat of terror, working out our personal faith in the midst of a cacophony of value systems, seeking assurance of hope -- Ms. Vekhova's memoir provides a shining light for the path of your own journey. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is much in this book that will appeal to those who enjoyed classics such as the Diary of Anne Frank or the Hiding Place. Set in World War II Russia as Communism runs rampant, it chronicles the pensive musings of a girl trapped not in a prison or concentration camp, but a hospital bed. Crippled by disease, the child ponders the small beauties of life that offset her plight. Marianna's reflections may provide a valuable guide to those who face similiar trials in any age, showing a new way of measuring strength. However, the rambling quality will be off putting to many.