The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia


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ISBN-13: 9780143129974
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 199,431
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was born in 1938 in Moscow, where she still lives. She is the author of more than fifteen volumes of prose, including the New York Times bestseller There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, which won a World Fantasy Award and was one of New York magazine’s Ten Best Books of the Year and one of NPR’s Five Best Works of Foreign Fiction; There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories; and There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In: Three Novellas About Family. A singular force in modern Russian fiction, she is also a playwright whose work has been staged by leading theater companies all over the world. In 2002 she received Russia’s most prestigious prize, The Triumph, for lifetime achievement.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's War Anna Summers xi

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel 1

Family Circumstances. The Vegers 5

The War 11

Kuibyshev 15

Kuibyshev. Survival Strategies 21

How I Was Rescued 25

The Durov Theatre 29

Searching for Food 31

Dolls 35

Victory Night 37

The Officers' Club 39

The Courtiers' Language 43

The Bolshoi Theatre 45

Down the Ladder 49

Literary Sleep-Ins 51

My Performances, Green Sweater 55

The Portrait 57

The Story of a Little Sailor 59

My New Life 63

The Metropol Hotel 67

Mumsy 71

Summer Camp 73

Chekhov Street. Grandpa Kolya 77

Trying to Fit In 81

Children's Home 85

I Want to Live! 91

Snowdrop 95

The Wild Berries 103

Gorilla 115

Dying Swan 121

Sanych 123

Foundling 133

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The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Cierann More than 1 year ago
This is not the sort of book I generally read, but read the review on the BBC. Excellent. Clearly conveys her childhood, which would seem to an outsider to be incredibly miserable (and I'm sure she also thought that at times). But she manages to stay in touch with being a child, and how normal these events seemed to her at the time. Not just enjoyable and fascinating, but also gives a picture into Russia.