Word for Word (Hardback)Lilianna Lungina (author)
Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 27/11/2014
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A bestselling sensation in Russia, where it was called the most significant cultural event of the year (Ogoniok), Word for Word is nothing less than the story of a nations literary conscience the history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of single person. A child of the 1920s, Lilianna Lungina was a Russian Jew born to privilege, spending her childhood in Germany, France and Palestine. But when her parents moved to the USSR when she was thirteen, Lungina became witness to many of the eras greatest upheavals. Exiled during World War II, dragged to KGB headquarters to report on her cosmopolitan friends, and subjected to her new countrys ruthless, systematic anti-Semitism, Lungina nonetheless carved out a remarkable career as a translator who introduced hundreds of thousands of Soviet readers to Knut Hamsun, August Strindberg and, most famously, Astrid Lindgren. In the process, she found herself at the very centre of Soviet cultural life, meeting and befriending Pasternak, Brodsky, Solzhenitsyn and many other major figures of the eras literature. Her extraordinary memoir at once heartfelt and unsentimental is an unparalleled tribute to a lost world.
Publisher: Duckworth Overlook
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 448 g
Dimensions: 211 x 156 mm
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