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  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 019271337X
  • 9780192713377

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This last of the author's Poltoratzky family chronicles is a fictionalized first-person account of the late-eighteenth-century Russian girlhood of Anna, granddaughter-in-law of Young Mark (1968), mother-in-law of Ellen (1970) and grandmother of Fanny (1970). The story of her first sixteen years is a series of small raptures with exclamation points. Anna is "in heaven" when her older brother Yasha visits and when the sweet-voiced new nun sings at Mass, and beside herself when her father, a wealthy corn merchant and scholar, receives a visit from the Tsarina. Her paradise is "torn to shreds" by Yasha's rejection of Russia and departure to marry an English governess, but more transports ensue with her betrothal to the handsome young nobleman who has introduced potatoes to the family table. Educated, unaffected, loved by all the servants, Anna is such a para-paragon that her world does indeed seem more celestial than historical. But where the Pottoratzkys have a following, Anna will fill a chronological gap, and as usual the food, customs, and even the jewelry of the period are tangibly recreated. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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4 33% (2)
3 0% (0)
2 17% (1)
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