By Elena Gorokhova

Elena Gorokhova's A Mountain of Crumbs is the relocating tale of a Soviet lady who discovers the truths adults are hiding from her and the lies her place of origin lives by way of. Elena's nation is not any longer the majestic Russia of literature or the tsars, yet a country suffering to keep its strength and its delight. 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 one of these ardour verges at the subversive. Elena is managed by way of the country a similar means she is managed by means of her mom, a reflect photograph of her motherland: overbearing, protecting, tough to go away. within the conflict among a strong-willed daughter and her authoritarian mom, the daughter, in any case, needs to become independent from and go away so as to survive.

Through Elena's eye-catching voice, we research not just the tales of Russian family members lifestyles within the moment half the 20 th century, but additionally the tale of 1 rebellious citizen whose interest and backbone eventually shipping her to a brand new global. it really is an elegy to the misplaced kingdom of adolescence, the place those that depart can by no means go back.

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If I am worth no more, at least I am different. 6 3. 71 shall say loudly, "Behold what I have done, what I have thought, what I have been. I have told the good and the evil with the same frankness: I have been silent about nothing bad, added nothing good, and if I have happened to use some inconsequential ornament, this has never happened except to fill up a gap occasioned by my lack of memory; I may have assumed to be true what I knew might have been so, never what I knew to be false. I have shown myself as I was, contemptible and low when I was so, good, generous, sublime when I was so: I have unveiled my interior as Thou hast seen it Thyself.

If ever an education was modest and chaste, the one I received surely was. My three aunts were not only persons of exemplary good behavior, but also of a reserve that women have not known for a long time. In the presence of the women he loved most, my father—a man of pleasure, but gallant in the old fashion—never made a remark that could make a virgin blush, and the respect owed to children has never been pushed farther than in my family and in front of me. I did notfindany less attention given to the same point at M.

In the presence of the women he loved most, my father—a man of pleasure, but gallant in the old fashion—never made a remark that could make a virgin blush, and the respect owed to children has never been pushed farther than in my family and in front of me. I did notfindany less attention given to the same point at M. Lambercier's, and an extremely good servant was dismissed there because of a slightly too saucy remark she uttered in front of us. Not only did I not have any distinct idea of the union of the sexes before my adolescence; but also that confused idea never offered itself to me except in an odious and disgusting image.

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