The revolution in Russia not only infringed the monarchy with forced capitulation of the Tsar, but brutally murdered the Tsar, his family, and any creature bearing an ounce of nobility. Once removed from the country in turmoil, the family in our book leapt into further unfathomable and hideous elements of life in a foreign country. From their arrival in Yugoslavia, the father, Andrei, was persistently shrewd not to convey their nobility. He purposely downgraded his own family, and brought them to live in the lowest-class area imaginable in the city, where destitution and degradation were commonplace. The trauma Zoya experienced from riches to rags contributed not only grief but illness. The bizarre situation and wicked conditions her children endured, suffering rancid indignation, were a deep contrast to her own childhood. We walk together with Victor through his childhood, and learn the morose struggle for daily survival.
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I have just completed this exceptionally well written book. It is about the struggles of a Russian boy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He lives in poverty, trusting God to provide food and shelter, while he lives in rags. Through very odd (i.e., God inspired) circumstances he learns of his past ¿ he is of noble lineage. They are displaced due to the Russian Revolution and are about to feel the effects of the Nazi invasion and the Soviet situation. He never loses his Christian faith, and perseveres in the end. The book is written by his daughter, Marina Radovanovic. This is a tremendous book to give for Christmas. I have read the book, and found it to be exceptionally well written. It is very difficult to put down. I unequivocally endorse this book!