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ISBN-13: 9781590179963
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Teffi (1872–1952) was a popular writer in prerevolutionary Russia, a favorite of both Tsar Nicholas II and Lenin. She was born to a prominent St. Petersburg family and emigrated from Bolshevik Russia in 1919. Eventually settling in Paris, she became an important figure in the émigré literary scene and lived there until her death.
Robert Chandler is the translator of the NYRB Classics editions of Andrey Platanov’s Soul and The Foundation Pit. His masterful translation of Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate first appeared in 1985 and is available as an NYRB Classic. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Teffi the Fool 7

A Note on the Texts 11

Part I How I Live and Work

How I Live and Work 15

My Pseudonym 18

My First Visit to an Editorial Office 25

Part II Staging Posts

Liza 33

Love 40

The Green Devil 49

Valya 55

Staging Posts 60

The White Flower 68

Part III Heady Days: Revolutions and Civil War

New Life 75

Rasputin 110

We Are Still Living 150

The Gadarene Swine 155

Part IV Artists and Writers Remembered

My First Tolstoy 165

The Merezhkovskys 171

Ilya Repin 189

List of Historical Figures 195

Acknowledgements 205

Notes 209

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