By Elena Gorokhova
Elena’s nation is not any longer the majestic Russia of literature or the tsars, yet a kingdom suffering to continue its strength and its satisfaction. Born with a wish to discover the realm past her borders, Elena unearths her ardour within the complexity of the English language—but within the Soviet Union of the Sixties this kind of ardour verges at the subversive. Elena is managed through the kingdom a similar manner she is managed by means of her mom, a replicate picture of her motherland: overbearing, protecting, tough to go away. within the conflict among a strong-willed daughter and her authoritarian mom, the daughter, finally, needs to become independent from and go away for you to survive.
Through Elena’s beautiful voice, we examine not just the tales of Russian relations existence within the moment half the 20 th century, but additionally the tale of 1 rebellious citizen whose interest and resolution ultimately shipping her to a brand new global. it truly is an elegy to the misplaced kingdom of youth, the place those that go away can by no means return.
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