Memories - From Moscow to the Black Sea

Memories From Moscow to the Black Sea Considered Teffi s single greatest work Memories From Moscow to the Black Sea is a deeply personal account of the author s last months in Russia and Ukraine suffused with her acute awareness of the

  • Title: Memories - From Moscow to the Black Sea
  • Author: Teffi Anne Marie Jackson Irina Steinberg Robert & Elizabeth Chandler
  • ISBN: 9781782272991
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • Considered Teffi s single greatest work, Memories From Moscow to the Black Sea is a deeply personal account of the author s last months in Russia and Ukraine, suffused with her acute awareness of the political currents churning around her, many of which have now resurfaced In 1918, in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution, Teffi, who stories and journalismConsidered Teffi s single greatest work, Memories From Moscow to the Black Sea is a deeply personal account of the author s last months in Russia and Ukraine, suffused with her acute awareness of the political currents churning around her, many of which have now resurfaced In 1918, in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution, Teffi, who stories and journalism had made her a celebrity in Moscow, was invited to read from her work in Ukraine She accepted the invitation eagerly, though she had every intention of returning home As it happened, her trip ended four years later in Paris, where she would spend the rest of her life in exile None of this was foreseeable when she arrived in German occupied Kiev to discover a hotbed of artistic energy and experimentation When Kiev fell several months later to Ukrainian nationalists, Teffi headed south to Odessa, on the Black Sea, a city then under the control of White Russian forces The White Army, however, soon beat a hasty retreat in the face of the advancing Red Army, and Teffi fled across the war torn landscape to the port of Novorossiysk, from which she embarked at last for Constantinople Danger and death threaten throughout Memories, even as the book displays the brilliant style, keen eye, comic gift, and deep feeling that have made Teffi one of the most beloved of twentieth century Russian writers.

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    1. Note to self for 2017. you don't have to finish a book that you are not connecting with. You have purchased it, you have tried it, you don't have to finish it. Occasionally I struggle though books I am not enjoying in the hope that it will turn around and this happens to be one of those that I should have left aside after 100 pages as I just wasn't enjoying the read. Memories from Moscow to the black Sea is an account of the author Teffi's journey from Moscow to Ukraine 1918, in the immediate af [...]

    2. I bought this book in a weak moment because someone from my Misfit Readers group insisted I should read it, that everyone should read it. Once I finally got around to reading it, I devoured it. Teffi was a well-known journalist, playwright, and poet in early 20th century Russia, and continued to write as the Bolshevik Revolution displaced and disappeared many of her colleagues. She moved from St. Petersburg to Moscow, but then had to leave Moscow. She thought she would be gone for a month but ne [...]

    3. Before a Map of Russia, by TeffiIntroduction, by Edythe Haber--Memories: From Moscow to the Black SeaMap of Teffi's JourneyAppendix: The Last BreakfastTranslator's NoteFurther ReadingNotes

    4. Subtitled , “From Moscow to the Black Sea,” this memoir was first serialised in 1928-1930, before being published as a single volume in 1931. Although I had not previously heard of Teffi , she was one of the most widely read and beloved of Russia’s writers; who was both a favourite of both Tsar Nikolai II and of Lenin. Teffi was a pseudonym of Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Lokhvitskaya (1872-1952), who was born into a distinguished St Petersburg family.This is her story of a journey across Russia [...]

    5. Teffi was the pen name of Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya, a famous Russian poet, song writer, playwright and satirist caught in the middle of the Bolshevik Revolution when people were executed by Reds and Whites for no other reason than they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.This is Teffi's account of her escape, tip toeing between executions, bribery, famine and disease, from Moscow, to Kiev and then on to Novorossiisk and Constantinople.The quick witted Teffi has the unsinkable black humor of a [...]

    6. ARC review; also a post for Women in Translation month[4.5] If you find this sort of thing horribly romanticA furnace stoker with whom she struck up a conversation on the deck one night revealed that he was in disguise—that he was actually a Petersburg youth who had visited her apartment, where they “talked about stones, about a yellow sapphire.” Since then his entire family had perished and now he planned to go to Odessa to fight the Bolsheviks. Teffi remembers the evenings in Petersburg: [...]

    7. BOTWbbc/programmes/b07bb89zDescription: Teffi was a famous Russian writer in the early 1900's, forced to flee her country. And this is the story of her eventful flight, which is newly translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler, Anne Marie Jackson and Irina Steinberg. Unrest and anxiety in Moscow as the Bolsheviks gather, but a 'reading tour' of Ukraine offers Teffi and other artists a way out. Time to take the train Reader Tracy-Ann ObermanOn the train to Kiev, away from the Bolsheviks. And Goo [...]

    8. This is just beautiful. Absolutely beautiful in places. This is Teffi's account of her journey out of Revolutionary Russia. It has beauty, humor, and sorrow.Thank NYRB Book Club, thank you.(May 2016 selection)

    9. For years I looked through Russian emigre journals from Paris and Harbin and San Francisco, able to read about 30% of it, enough to know that everyone loved Teffi. But who's Teffi, what kind of a name is that. Finally this year, after some 90 years, Robert and Elizabeth Chandler together with Anne Marie Jackson and Irina Steinberg have published the first English translation of Teffi's memoir of her long journey from Moscow to the Black Sea in the wake of the Russian collapse in World War I. (Yo [...]

    10. Russian authors often produce works of darkness and depression. Teffi's book of her journey escaping the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War is depressing at times but it is also unusual in her way of seeing humour in the events around her. The book is a kind of journal with some reminisces of her life, her phobias and her dreams of returning to Moscow. It is an unusual book from Russia in that it presents a very personal story from an intelligent, witty woman with a love of life, who recogn [...]

    11. These are the memories of a very talented woman who happened to live in the wrong place (Russia) at the wrong time (the Bolshevik Revolution). Going by the pen name "Teffi," Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya sympathizes with the revolutionists in the waning days of Czarist Russia, but we all know how principled movements can quickly degenerate into mayhem thanks to the vacuum created when power topples. See Revolution comma French just for starters. Before long, our girl Teffi is not so much sympathetic wit [...]

    12. teffi's literary journal of her leaving (escaping with her life?) st petersburg and moscow in 1918 to the "safety" of kiev, then leaving kiev for the "safety" of odessa, then to novorassicks sp? then finally, catching the "last boat out, to Constantinople in april 1919 or so. wonderful writing of the funny things in this long drawn out tragedy, author knows most all the literary and journalistic lights of the day, and the actors and singers of the stage and quite a few princes and other higher-u [...]

    13. This was a beautiful & captivating book! It was amazing to see how she could convey the desperation of the situation in Russia but at the same time touch my heart and also make me laugh. Amazing!I can't resist including a quote from the book which seems very relevant during this U.S. Election year "Oh little fish, little fish, can you trust this leader of yours? Are you sure your foremost philosopher-fish is not simply a fool?"

    14. A dear friend whom I've never met sent me this book, knowing it addressed one of my obsessions (the first world war) and one of my lifelong passions (Russia). This was well chosen, J.Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea is an autobiographical work by Teffi (pseudonym for Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya ), a Russian writer during the early 20th century. The book covers a very short and precise period of her life, and of world history, 1918-1919, when she fled Moscow in during the Russian Civ [...]

    15. What a wonderful book! Beautiful writing and in particular wonderful humor and lightness -poetry really- to describe the incredible hardships of refugees running from Soviet bolcheviks. Great spirit!

    16. "For readers of Bulgakov, Bunin, Babel, and other writers of the Russian revolution, the outline of this journey is a familiar one. Teffi arrived in Kiev at the end of 1918, and within weeks, Germans surrendered the city to the army of Ukrainian nationalists led by Petlyura. Ditching Gooskin, who acts too sketchy, Teffi takes the train to Odessa. Odessa was then under the French rule, and as Bolsheviks approached from the north, the French evacuated by the Black Sea. Teffi boards a steamer that, [...]

    17. From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week:Teffi was a famous Russian writer in the early 1900's, forced to flee her country. And this is the story of her eventful flight, which is newly translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler, Anne Marie Jackson and Irina Steinberg. It is abridged for radio by Katrin Williams:1/5: Unrest and anxiety in Moscow as the Bolsheviks gather, but a 'reading tour' of Ukraine offers Teffi and other artists a way out. Time to take the train2/5: On the train to Kiev, away fro [...]

    18. Teffi was the pen name of Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya (1872-1952), a prolific Russian pre-revolutionary writer who went into exile in Paris, where she continued to write. She seemed to fade from view but is now receiving belated recognition, which this memoir will surely enhance. It’s an account of her last journey across Russia before escaping by boat to Istanbul. Until the Revolution she was a regular contributor to the liberal Russian daily newspaper The Russian Word, but when that was closed dow [...]

    19. Four stars for Teffi and one to Robert Chandler for his excellent translation of this marvelous memoir. A witty journalist, poet and playwright, Teffi muses here on her journey through war and revolution-torn Russia. It's an elegy - she never went back - but with her sharp eye for the telling detail, she gives her story the immediacy of a screenplay. The evanescence of life, the inevitability of death, the simple human desire for comfort in the face of both: Teffi nails it with heart and humor.

    20. "n this memoir-cum-travelogue, Teffi, an immensely popular early-twentieth-century Russian satirist, tells of her chance escape from the throes of revolution and war in her motherland. It’s 1918 and Teffi and some fellow artists are whisked out of Moscow on the pretext of a traveling show by a couple of talented impresarios with the foresight to see that the farther they can get from the Bolsheviks, the better off they’ll all be. As they bumble their way through border crossings, shortages, [...]

    21. Most of the leading lights of Russian literature—especially before the Russian Revolution—that most people know are men. Almost two years ago, I was delighted to learn that the work of one Russian woman was being translated and published in English. I had never heard of Teffi and was astonished to find that the literary world had seemingly forgotten Tsar Nicholas’s favorite author. In addition to Teffi’s collection, Subtly Worded and Other Stories, we now have Memories: From Moscow to th [...]

    22. As the book description says, "the book displays the brilliant style, keen eye, comic gift, and deep feeling that have made Teffi one of the most beloved of twentieth-century Russian writers. " That is, most beloved in Russia because I don't think that most of the rest of the world ever heard of her. Hopefully that is now being corrected with English translations of several of her works. Teffi has a great style, managing to say a lot with a few well-chosen words. Describing what for most people [...]

    23. I wish Teffi was my friend. She's an accomplished artist, a loyal friend, a witty but warm observer of profound changes to 1918's Russian society and politics, and a good sport. Setting out for Odessa with a group of fellow artists and a couple smarmy impresarios, she rolls with the punches, of which there are many as the group is buffeted by Red and White Army shenanigans wherever they go. Teffi clearly sees the absurdity of the power grab while sensitively noting its impacts on her loved ones [...]

    24. Absolutely wonderful. Twainishly funny a la Innocents Abroad, but with a melancholy and finally a profundity that feels like an authentic bottling of what it was like to live in and flee from the dying Russian Empire. I was pulled right through from cover to cover in one sitting. Yet again grateful to NYRBC for bringing out great overlooked lit in translation.

    25. Simply a harrowing and amazing tale - I've read quite a bit about various refugee situations through the early 20th century and this one was no different. Full of deceptions, harrowing escapes, and mischances Teffi recalls this long journey with so much realism to feel like you're traveling right beside her the entire way.

    26. I could not put this down! What an amazing writer! I believe that the ability to find humor in a situation is a great strength when it comes to endurance, and one that the author clearly had, among others, including great insight. I ate this up.

    27. An excellent memoir. The author was originally aligned with the Russian revolutionaries before 1918. When she saw the atrocities committed by the Bolsheviks, she left Russia. This is the story of her journey out of Russia. She ended up living in Paris but never lost her love for mother Russia.

    28. She combines great humor with great tragedy seamlessly in the sort of far-fetched memories one would expect to have really happened during the Russian Civil War. I had to go back and read some sentences twice, because after a time she passes over suffering almost carelessly. An unfortunate talent.

    29. Very interesting memoirs about the Russian Civil War. it's something I don't know much about and Teffii humanizes it movingly.

    30. I had never read Teffi before, or even heard of her. However, this memoir is a fine introduction.The book, a memoir of how she left Russia during the Civil War (1918-21) is interesting for two reasons. First, of course, for the light it shines on the chaos of those days. Teffi had been a supporter of the Bolsheviks in 1905, but by 1917 her view of Lenin's party had greatly cooled, and by 1918-9 (when the book takes place) she clearly has no love for the Bolsheviks or the Cheka (secret police.) H [...]

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