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Echoes of a native land : two centuries of a Russian village

Author: Serge Schmemann
Publisher: New York: Knopf, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Tracing the lives of his Russian forebears, Serge Schmemann, Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times tells a remarkable story that spans the past two hundred years of Russian history. First, he draws on a family archive rich in pictorial as well as documentary treasure to bring us into the pre-revolutionary life of the village of Sergiyevskoye (now called Koltsovo), where the spacious  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schmemann, Serge, 1945-
Echoes of a native land.
New York: Knopf, 1997
(OCoLC)605047362
Named Person: Osorgin family.; Osorgin (Familie)
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Serge Schmemann
ISBN: 0679438106 9780679438106
OCLC Number: 36074523
Description: 350 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: A corner of Russia --
Dreamy Syerzh --
Exotic aliens and serfs --
Cards and madness --
A spiritual cradle --
Real country people --
A leave-taking of past greatness --
"We will renounce the Old World" --
Soon it will be ours --
Hussars to Commissars --
The classes struggle and a tractor arrives --
On the path to Communism --
Seventeenth Versta --
Thank you, Comrade Stalin --
First the garage, then build democracy --
We're still alive.
Responsibility: Serge Schmemann.
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Tracing the lives of his Russian forebears, Serge Schmemann, Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times tells a remarkable story that spans the past two hundred years of Russian history. First, he draws on a family archive rich in pictorial as well as documentary treasure to bring us into the pre-revolutionary life of the village of Sergiyevskoye (now called Koltsovo), where the spacious estate of his mother's family was the seat of a manor house as vast and imposing as a grand hotel. Diary entries record the social breakdown step by step: grievances going unresolved, the government foundering, the status quo of rural life overcome by revolutionary fervor. Soon we see the estate brutally collectivized, the church torn apart brick by brick, the manor house burned to the ground. Some of the family are killed in the fighting; others escape into exile; one writes to his kin for the last time from the Gulag. The Soviet era is experienced as a time of privation, suffering, and lost illusions. The Nazi occupation inspires valorous resistance, but at great cost. Eventually all that remains of Sergiyevskoye is an impoverished collective. Without idealizing the tsarist past or wholly damning the regime that followed, Schmemann searches for a lost heritage as he shows how Communism thwarted aspiration and initiative. Above all, however, his book provides for us a deeply felt evocation of the long-ago life of a corner of Russia that is even now movingly beautiful despite the ravages of history and time.

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