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Far from Russia: A Memoir
Olga Andreyev Carlisle has never lived in Russia, and yet throughout her life Russia has never been far. Far From Russia captures the enduring grip of Russia, and how the idea of that homeland shaped her world. We see her first as an aspiring painter in post-World War II Paris, savoring her independent life. There she falls in love with an American G.I., Henry Carlisle. Wi ...more
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Fascinating anecdotage on Russian-French-US cultural life in the 20th century. Her life has been fascinating journey, and a well-observed one, encountering Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, Piaf, Motherwell, Lowell, Mailer, and --most thankless of them all--Solzhenitsyn, who evidently did not care for the translations she rendered of his work.