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In 1956 Khrushchevs Thaw triggers the Hungarian Revolution and upheaval in the Soviet Empire. During Khrushchevs first state visit to Helsinki, Dosha, star rider of the Soviet Dressage Team and her horse defect with the help of local Gypsies. The novel follows the life of Dosha, a Gypsy in disguise. It offers unique insight into the tribal life of nomadic Gypsies, who unde ...more
Hardcover, First, 385 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Wilderness House Press
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Richard Demma
This deeply moving account of the tragic plight of Russian Romany gypsies is an appropriate choice for my review site, Crime Scene Reviews because it deals with a horrific crime of state against a persecuted minority, the Romany. This event was all the more poignant because in the past Russia was the one European country that most welcomed, appreciated and loved its Gypsy communities. They were loved for their unique music and dance, their rich culture, the freedom of their lives, and their pass ...more
Lee Boyland
Sonia Meyer’s novel provided a portal into a portion of history and a people I was unfamiliar with. Gypsy was a word that conjured up pictures of fortunetellers, colorful wagons, and people dancing: impressions the source of which I did not know, and had never considered. Now, that is no longer the case. If challenged to describe Dosha with one word I would chose “Enlightening,” for I have been enlightened about Gypsies and Soviet history.
Meyer tells a compelling story of Nazi atrocities against
R J Mckay
Dosha, Flight of the Russian Gypsies is a love story wrapped in a history lesson . It is the story of Dosha, and the love she has for her stallion Rus, and it is also the story of the Russian Gypsies and their love for their vanishing way of life.

Dosha is a young gypsy girl, who, as a child, witnessed the atrocities of World War II. She sees the peopleof her clan answering the call of Stalin to help turn the tide of the war. But as Stalins reign ends and that of Khrushchev’s begins, she experien
Steve Glines
A marvelous novel in the European tradition. The novel open with Dosha in Finland trying to break free of her Soviet captors. We flashback to the forests of Poland where a young Gypsy girl, Dosha, acquires a young stallion. We watch her grow up and learn to ride her beautiful horse in an unauthorized collective north of the Arctic Circle. She and her horse are drafted into the Soviet dressage team and she soon becomes its star. But she has to hide her identity as a Gypsy or she will loose her st ...more
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Set during the Soviet era, Dosha and her beautiful stallion are drafted into and become the star of the Soviet Dressage Team -- but can she keep her Gypsy heritage hidden from everyone so she can escape to the west?
There's plenty of drama in the form or romance and action. The realism stays true and is brilliantly told. This book was well researched and it shows.
I'm not going to give away any more of this book-- but be sure to add it to your shelf this year. It's a
I got this book to share with a teenager who loves horses. Didn't expect to get so caught up in the story. It moves on several levels at once, maintaining suspense while informing the reader about a period (early Cold War) and perspectives (Gypsy) I knew little about. It weaves in ballet, equine performance and sensitivity, young romance, and family relationships as a natural part of the story, sustaining interest throughout. I especially appreciate that it can appeal to readers of all ages begi ...more
Really enjoyed this history of the Gypsies in Russia from the end of war with Germany through the end of the fifties. Beautiful story of the relationship of a young woman and her stallion, and their role in the Gypsy history. Hated to put it down.
Slow start but picked up half way through. Provides an interesting perspective of the oppression of Soviet Russia from a gypsy.
Barbara Johnstone
Love Love Love! I have a fondness for all things Russian and a grand curiosity for the gypsy way.
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Sonia Meyer fled the Nazis with her parents when she was 2 years old to live in the woods of Germany and Poland with partisans and Gypsies. There her father taught her to throw hand grenades using a wooden darning egg. They lived in the woods, in abandoned houses, in fields, in isolated excursion inns and barns, always dodging the German and later Soviet armies who hunted them relentlessly. Shortl ...more
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