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“The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they're lying, they know we know they're lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.”
Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs
“A bunch of silly men chasing a ball" my mother says "give each one his own ball if they're so desperate to have one”
Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs
tags: humor
“Look beyond that light,' says my father. 'Look hard and you'll see people filing into the theater. You'll see ushers run up and down the aisles; people talk, programs rustle-you'll hear a murmur. When the lights start to dim, the murmur rises, and then, just a moment before the curtain goes up, the noise stops-everyone in the house holds their breath, everyone knows what is going to happen. This is the moment I've always loved most:the anticipation of magic, the expectation of illusion.”
Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs
“Don't let the magic slip away," he says, "or you'll sink into the quicksand of the ordinary.”
Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs
tags: life, magic
“What's inside you no one can touch.”
Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs
“Along with all those who left their countries for other shores, I belong in neither land. We are unmoored and disconnected, like these poplar seeds blown into the crevices of the buildings, into the corners of the world.”
Elena Gorokhova, Russian Tattoo: A Memoir
“I still know this place and its people to the marrow of their bones, to their soft, unguarded core, which had once sustained my own life, yet I am as much of an outsider here as I am on the other side of the world, in my adopted country. The truth is that there is no bridge between the two lives - the past and the present - that would conveniently span the memory of loss and the promise of an onward search. There is only a wound, the inner divide of exile. A daughter of an anatomy professor, I should have known that sliced hearts do not become whole, that split souls do not mend. Along with all those who left their countries for other shores, I belong in neither land.”
Elena Gorokhova, Russian Tattoo: A Memoir
“Cut yourself free of what you love and hope that the wound heals. —J.”
Elena Gorokhova, Russian Tattoo: A Memoir
“and he wants to see those courtyard wells that depress the spirit and twist the soul into a truly Russian miserable knot.”
Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain of Crumbs: A Memoir


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