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The writer and satirist Teffi was a literary sensation in Russia until war and revolution forced her to leave her country forever.
Memories is her blackly funny and heartbreaking account of her final, frantic journey into exile across Russia - travelling by cart, freight train and rickety steamer - and the 'ordinary and unheroic' people she encounters. From refugees setting up camp on a dockside to a singer desperately buying a few 'last scraps' of fabric to make a dress, all are caught up in the whirlwind; all are immortalised by Teffi's penetrating gaze.
Fusing exuberant wit and bitter horror, this is an extraordinary portrayal of what it means to say goodbye, with haunting relevance in today's new age of diaspora.
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Stunning in evocative power
This book has taught me more about post revolutionary Russia than several history books, themselves good or better. The evocation of how it felt to be part of the vast human tide fleeing from the advancing Bolsheviks is memorable. The timeless humanity of the people involved is evoked with feeling, precision and humour. Many of the situations experienced are extreme, with suffering and death often likely. But the author's confidence, optimism and luck bring her through so she can tell the tale. The poignancy and pain of exile is described at the end, without self-pity.
The narrator is outstanding as she has grasped the spirit of the author. She adds huge value to an exceptional text.
Nice but overexcited narration
The story is lovely but the narration is too fast, too loud and too much in a puzzling british accent at times to understand. Its simply too excited to focus on the story. I find myself wondering why certain people in the story speak with different british accents. This rushed narration combined with the accents makes it impossible to focus or even understand.