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Echoes of a Native Land by Serge Schmemann
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Apr 01, 12

bookshelves: books-i-own, history, non-fiction, soviet-union
Read from March 04 to 31, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. It's always interesting, with a nice mix of modern-day commentary and historical description. It's told primarily from the point of view of the estate's various owners, the latest of which is an ancestor of the author. You'll see what life was like for the landed gentry (and to a lesser extent the peasant population) during the time of the tsar, and then the revolution and Communism (hint: life got worse for everyone). Politics loom large, of course, but the descriptions of regular life (religon, growing seasons and festivals, and so on) are equally ineresting, and provide a nice insight into the character of the Russian people. Highly recommended for Russia-phobes.
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