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Author Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila, author.

Title The girl from the Metropol Hotel : growing up in communist Russia / Ludmilla Petrushevskaya ; translated with an introduction by Anna Summers.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    891.78 Petrushevskaia,L PET    Available
Description xix, 149 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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Note Original Russian edition: 2006.
Contents Introduction : Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's war / by Anna Summers -- The girl from the Metropol Hotel -- Family circumstances : the Vegers -- The war -- Kuibyshev -- Kuibyshev : survival strategies -- How I was rescued -- The Durov Theater -- Searching for food -- Dolls -- Victory night -- The Officers' Club -- The courtiers' language -- The Bolshoi Theater -- Down the ladder -- Literary sleep-ins -- My performances : green sweater -- The portrait -- The story of a little sailor -- My new life -- The Metropol Hotel -- Mumsy -- Summer camp -- Chekhov Street : Grandpa Kolya -- Trying to fit in -- Children's home -- I want to live! -- Snowdrop -- The wild berries -- Gorilla -- Dying swan -- Sanych -- Foundling.
Summary "Like a young Édith Piaf, wandering the streets singing for alms, and like Oliver Twist, living by his wits, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya ... grew up watchful and hungry, an experience made more acute by the awareness that her family of Bolshevik intellectuals, now reduced to waiting in bread lines, once lived large across the street from the Kremlin in the opulent Metropol Hotel. As she unravels the threads of her itinerant upbringing--of feigned orphandom, of sleeping in freight cars and beneath the dining tables of communal apartments, of the fugitive pleasures of scraps of food--we 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"--Back cover.
Subject Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila -- Childhood and youth.
Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila -- Family.
Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila -- Friends and associates.
Hotel Metropol (Moscow,Russia) -- History -- 20th century.
Authors, Russian -- 20th century -- Biography.
Moscow (Russia) -- Biography.
Moscow (Russia) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Communism -- Social aspects -- Soviet Union -- History.
Coming of age -- Soviet Union.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953 -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Added Title Malenʹkai︠a︡ devochka iz "Metropoli︠a︡". English
Other Form: Online version: Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila, author. Girl from the Metropol Hotel New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2017] 9781101993514 (DLC) 2016035280
ISBN 9780143129974 (paperback)
014312997X (paperback)
9781101993514 (ebook)

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