Medea and Her Children by Ludmila Ulitskaya
A Novel

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Medea Georgievna Sinoply Mendez is an iconic figure in her Crimean village, the last remaining pure-blooded Greek in a family that has lived on that coast for centuries. Childless Medea is the touchstone of a large family, which gathers each spring and summer at her home. There are her nieces (sexy Nike and shy Masha), her nephew Georgii (who shares Medea’s devotion to the Crimea), and their friends. In this single summer, the languor of love will permeate the Crimean air, hearts will be broken, and old memories will float to consciousness, allowing us to experience not only the shifting currents of erotic attraction and competition, but also the dramatic saga of this family amid the forces of dislocation, war, and upheaval of twentieth-century Russian life.


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About Ludmila Ulitskaya

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LUDMILA ULITSKAYA was born in the Urals. Shortly before perestroika she became Repertory Director of the Hebrew Theatre of Moscow. She is the author of fourteen fiction books, three children's books and six plays. She is Russia's bestselling novelist.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Schocken. 322 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There is Medea’s childhood playmate Elena, who married Medea’s brother: She came from a wealthy Armenian family, and her father supported Medea and her 12 brothers and sisters after both of their parents died young.

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Medea's niece Masha discovers the pleasure of adulterous love (permissible because she has an open marriage), but neither sex nor her gifts as a poet can save her from despair.

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