By Elena Gorokhova
Elena’s nation isn't any longer the majestic Russia of literature or the tsars, yet a state suffering to hold its strength and its satisfaction. Born with a wish to discover the realm past her borders, Elena unearths her ardour within the complexity of the English language—but within the Soviet Union of the Sixties this type of ardour verges at the subversive. Elena is managed by way of the kingdom a similar method she is managed through her mom, a reflect snapshot of her motherland: overbearing, protecting, tricky to go away. within the conflict among a strong-willed daughter and her authoritarian mom, the daughter, in spite of everything, needs to break away and depart with a view to survive.
Through Elena’s fascinating voice, we research not just the tales of Russian relatives existence within the moment half the 20th century, but additionally the tale of 1 rebellious citizen whose interest and backbone eventually shipping her to a brand new global. it truly is an elegy to the misplaced nation of formative years, the place those that depart can by no means return.
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