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Behind the Border

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In charming and poignant vignettes, Nina Kossman tells of her childhood in 1960s Moscow. Nina wants to become a heroine by awakening Grandfather Lenin during a class trip to his tomb, or by painting Red Square really red. But she also finds herself fascinated with life in the forbidden world "behind the border". B&W photos.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 28th 1996 by HarperTrophy (first published 1994)
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I have just read this to my 8,12 and 14 year olds............they actually responded really well.....gave rise to lots of discussion about closed governments and communism. It really made my kids think. It was fun and amusing also. Quick read great to intro the thoughts of a different governing rule. Nice from a kids perspective also!
Oct 29, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to understand communism.
Nina Kossman spent her early childhood in Russia. She learned that if her beach ball floated way from her on the Black Sea and went toward the Turkish border she would never
get it back. Later she tried to erase all the borders on the map so that nothing would separate the world's nations. In school she learns it's heroic to betray one's parents to the government if they are not politically correct. In these memoirs, Nina relates 13 personal anecdotes that show us first hand what life was like f
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The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship, a UNESCO/PEN Short Story Award, grants from Foundation for Hellenic Culture and Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Nina Kossman is the author of "Behind the Border" (HarperCollins,1994, 1996) and the editor of "Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths" (Oxford University Press, 2001). Her poems in ...more
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