Six Days in Leningrad

Six Days in Leningrad 1

by Paullina Simons

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/12/2015

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The never-before-told story of the journey behind The Bronze Horseman, now in print for the first time.

From the author of the celebrated, internationally bestselling Bronze Horseman saga comes a glimpse into the private life of its much loved creator, and the real story behind the epic novels. Paullina Simons gives us a work of non-fiction as captivating and heart-wrenching as the lives of Tatiana and Alexander.

Only a few chapters into writing her first story set in Russia, her mother country, Paullina Simons travelled to Leningrad (now St Petersburg) with her beloved Papa. What began as a research trip turned into six days that forever changed her life, the course of her family, and the novel that became The Bronze Horseman. After a quarter-century away from her native land, Paullina and her father found a world trapped in yesteryear, with crumbling stucco buildings, entire families living in seven-square-metre communal apartments, and barren fields bombed so badly that nothing would grow there even fifty years later. And yet there were the spectacular white nights, the warm hospitality of family friends and, of course, the pelmeni and caviar.

At times poignant, at times inspiring and funny, this is both a fascinating glimpse into the inspiration behind the epic saga, and a touching story of a family's history, a father and a daughter, and the fate of a nation.

'Amazing book! Thank you Paullina for sharing your experience with us all!'- Kiki, Goodreads

ISBN:
9780732298807
9780732298807
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-12-2015
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Pages:
432
Dimensions (mm):
234x155x32mm
Weight:
0.59kg
Paullina Simons

Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad in 1963. As a child she emigrated to Queens, New York, and attended colleges in Long Island. Then she moved to England and attended Essex University, before returning to America. She lives in New York with her husband and children.

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  • Insightful Reading

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    In this book, the author recounts her first visit to Leningrad (Now St. Petersburg) since escaping Russia as a child in the 1970s. She was researching the book that millions know and love as The Bronze Horseman.

    At the crumbling end of communist rule in Russia, the world Paullina moves through shifts between pathetic and awe-inspiring. She struggles to capture and reconcile all of this and much of the book is devoted to her father, travelling with her, for whom the memories are far more real and tearful. Ultimately, the six days forge something new in their relationship and her understanding of her Papa and their immigrant life. A good memoir to lose yourself in.

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