The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia Author Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
ISBN-10 014312997X
ISBN-13 9780143129974
Year 2017-02-07
Pages 176
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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The prizewinning memoir of one of the worlds great writers about coming of age as an enemy of the peopleand finding her voice in Stalinist Russia Born across the street from the Kremlin in the opulent Metropol Hotelthe setting of the New York Times bestselling novel A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesLudmilla Petrushevskaya grew up in a family of Bolshevik intellectuals who were reduced in the wake of the Russian Revolution to waiting in bread lines InThe Girl from the Metropol Hotel her prizewinning memoir she recounts her childhood of extreme deprivationof wandering the streets like a young Edith Piaf singing for alms and living by her wits like Oliver Twist a diminutive figure far removed from the heights she would attain as an internationally celebrated writer As she unravels the threads of her itinerant upbringingof feigned orphandom of sleeping in freight cars and beneath the dining tables of communal apartments of the fugitive pleasures of scraps of foodwe see both in her remarkable lack of self pity and in the two dozen photographs throughout the text her feral instinct and the crucible in which her gift for giving voice to a nation of survivors was forged From heartrending facts Petrushevskaya concocts a humorous and lyrical account of the toughest childhood and youth imaginable It belongs alongside the classic stories of humanitys beloved plucky child heroes Edith Piaf Charlie Chaplin the Artful Dodger Gavroche David Copperfield The child is irresistible and so is the adult narrator who creates a poignant portrait from the rags and riches of her memory Anna Summers from the Introduction

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