Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood

Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood This Collection Of Stories Will Take You From Icy Cold Winter Days In Moscow To Sunny Or Rainy Summers In The Russian Countryside A Brief Note Accompanies Each Story To Help You Understand The Events, Places, Or Characters Described.Most Books About The Soviet Union Focus On Politics, Food Shortages, Or Lack Of Democratic Freedoms This Book Portrays Everyday Experiences Of A Young Girl Growing Up In The Soviet Union Of The 1970 S And 1980 S Childhood Can Be A Magical And Innocent Time Oblivious To Political Regimes And Problems And That S What These Twelve Stories Strive To Convey. Twelve months of a Soviet childhood is just that twelve select glimpses into the childhood of an average child growing up in the USSR that was still some time away from collapsing and was yet offering the simple comforts of the socialist system The short stories do a good job of transcending the formulaic representations of the much vilified regime and showing the children are children and childhood no matter where and when it takes place is still a magical time, filled with adults who know and care, places that are exciting and new and simple joys such as seeing the sun after endless months of winter Amid these rosy recollection, however, I would like to see some of an exploration of the darker side of the regime, glimpses of which we all caught The propaganda littered television, the slowly but surely worsening economy, the indoctrination of the school system,
What a delightful collection of short stories This is the second book I ve read from Julia Gousseva, so I knew the style of writing and the great descriptions that were bound to fill the fill the kindle pages she didn t let me down This
REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK This book was much shorter than I was expecting, but it was a delight I love books which show me things I didn t know and my knowledge of Russia after the Second World War is very limited Each of the twelve stor
Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood Short Stories by Julia Gousseva is a wonderful selection of short stories about the author s childhood in Communist Russia but thankfully her approach is fresh and charming.Telling a story for each month of the year Gousseva takes us back to a simple time in her life Yes, Communist rules determine a lot of her life but the book does not bemoan hardship or missed material goods It is a sentimental journey into all day life and special occasions of her life.Having had relatives on the other side of the Berlin Wall I have found it always very hard to imagine just how life was for people in The East , and many comparisons of our and their lives tended to focus on TV, VHS and Cigarette brands All very justifiable points, but to portray life the way Gousseva does is a true gift.Gousseva introduces most of her stories with author notes, giving background information on cultural or climatic factors that come into play in her writing later, but the stories concern
Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood is a charming collection of twelve short stories, one for each month of the year, completing a cycle of time that harkens back to the author s childhood in her homeland, and to her rich Russian culture To enrich our experience and make it even vivid, the author, Julia Gousseva, offers not only the stories but in parallel also the reference material for them.For example, she precedes the story January A New Year s Party at the Kremlin with tidbits of historical notes about the Czatina Alexandra Fyodorovna, who brought the idea of decorating a pine tree from Germany From this the author pivots right into the story as seen from her eyes as a young child The dialog with her older cousin Dmitry is quite telling about the regime at the time There are hidden cameras behind that mirror, he whispers, to watch for stuff And I don t like when people watch me Or control me I like to be independent Each one of these childhood memories is told in a refreshingly honest manner, and you can get a feel for the Russian soul simply by the temperature and locale of these vignettes February Sunshine above the Clouds, March Meeting My Best Friend, April Swimmin
I wish Julia Gousseva could write about my childhood here in the US, so I could see it in the way she has described her own To be able to recall the details is one thing, to be able to write them with such care and meaning is another, and to be able to do both is a true talent In Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood Short Stories author Julia Gousseva transports us behind the iron curtain to a time of innocence in the life of a young girl Gousseva has given us a vibrant portrayal of what it was really like, and it was not as different or awful as one might think at least for a child or from their perspective I like how she took us through a typical year of a Soviet childhood each story takes place in a different month The Author Notes, which introduce each story, are perfect, they tell us just enough to set the scene and even teach a bit The length of each tale is great, allowing for
Julia Gousseva has a fine eye for placing her characters in a landscape political, emotional, cultural and then bringing both the character and that backdrop to life I discovered this reading her acclaimed novel Moscow Dreams and was pleased to find the style carries over to this collection of 12 short stories, each set in a different month of the year and again taking us on a journey back into her own Moscow childhood.While we are treated to astute observations about the shortages and harsh realities in the lean years of the former Soviet Russia has very much really changed, one is forced to ask the stories are grounded in the quotidian life of a young girl, her thoughts and fears, her dreams and doubts the feeling of freezing fingers in harsh winters, the joy of plants pushing through thawing snow, fruit appearing on the trees,
Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood Short Stories Russian History Stories by Julia GoussevaExperiences of RussiaThrough the several books I have read, the author has shown to research well and write to a high standard this again hits the mark Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood is full of heart felt memories and beautifully written Gousseva has created a fantastically rich and sentime
This book is beautifully written and a wonderful insight into every day Russian life.The stories are written one for every month of the year and each is introduced with a little background information from the author The stories follow the lives of a traditional Russian family and are told from the perspective of t
These short stories about life in communist Russia show things in a very personal way It s the little things when reading a book set in another country that really show either personal experience or tons of research on the author s part These stories are a child s view of the times The declining economy was especially interesting to me Altho