Other Worlds: Peasants, Pilgrims, Spirits, Saints (Paperback)
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Other Worlds: Peasants, Pilgrims, Spirits, Saints (Paperback)

(translator), (author)
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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 26/08/2021
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These stories conjure a vanished Russia, where Orthodox Christianity coexists with the shapeshifters and house spirits of ancient folk belief. Celebrated for her sublime wit and graceful style, Teffi here plumbs the darker aspects of psychology, infusing tales of domestic conflict with the occult spirituality that thrived in the country of her youth. A young girl, haunted by the sinister sound of a church bell, resolves to become first a brigand, then a saint. A reluctant participant in a pilgrimage to the Solovetsky Islands has a shatteringly profound experience. A recently married couple's relationship becomes strained as they each silently nurse the fear that their maid is a witch. By turns playful and profound, solemn and drily sceptical, these tales of other worlds precisely illuminate human desires, fears and failings.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782275619
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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'Teffi is one of the great writers of early 20th century Russia, from NicholasII's reign to the Revolution afterwards. Her writing, whether stories or reportageor memoir is witty, elegant, fantastical, yet sharp and acute andplayful' - Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs

'Heartbreaking as well as very funny. I wish she were still alive, and Icould have met her... I can't recommend her strongly enough' - Guardian

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