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A memoir of coming of age and struggling to leave the USSR. Shrayer chronicles the triumphs and humiliations of a Soviet childhood and expresses the dreams and fears of a Jewish family that never gave up its hopes for a better life. Narrated in the tradition of Tolstoy’s confessional trilogy and Nabokov’s autobiography, this is a searing account of the KGB’s persecution of refuseniks, a poet’s rebellion against totalitarian culture, and Soviet fantasies of the West during the Cold War.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Front Flap, Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, About the Author, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-10
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xv-xxii
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  1. Part One: The End of Childhood
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 1. Of Goat Milk and Marble Lions
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. 2. Different
  2. pp. 12-29
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  1. 3. Becoming Refuseniks
  2. pp. 30-52
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  1. Interlude: Dunes of Happiness
  2. pp. 53-75
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  1. 4. Cavalier of the Gold Medal
  2. pp. 76-97
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  1. Part Two: The Expedition
  2. pp. 99-126
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  1. 5. Moscow State
  2. pp. 101-117
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  1. Interlude: Summertime
  2. pp. 118-125
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  1. 6. Poetry, Love, Persecution
  2. pp. 126-154
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  1. Interlude: Facts and Arguments
  2. pp. 155-161
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  1. 7. Across the Steppe and into the Black Sea
  2. pp. 163-214
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  1. Part Three: The Short Goodbye
  2. pp. 215-242
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  1. 8. Last Autumn
  2. pp. 217-237
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  1. Interlude: Readers’ Reports
  2. pp. 238-247
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  1. 9. Purim-shpil
  2. pp. 248-271
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  1. Interlude: Family Tree
  2. pp. 272-283
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  1. 10. Taking Leave
  2. pp. 284-311
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  1. Epilogue: In America?
  2. pp. 312-314
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  1. Index of Names and Places
  2. pp. 315-324
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 351-376
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  1. Back Flap, Back Cover
  2. pp. 377-378
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815652434
Print ISBN
9780815610243
MARC Record
OCLC
867742051
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2013-12-12
Language
English
Open Access
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