The Tattered Cloak and Other Stories by Nina Nikolaevna Berberova

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The greatest collection by one of the great Russian writers is now back in print. First published in Europe in the 1930s and '40s, these searing, evocative stories by the late émigré writer Nina Berberova (1901-1993) are portraits of the lives of Russian exiles in Paris on the eve of World War II. The protagonists range from housekeepers and waiters to shabby-genteel aristocrats and intellectuals—but all are united in a haunting displacement from their pasts, and all share a troubling uncertainty about the future.
 

About Nina Nikolaevna Berberova

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Born in 1901 in pre-Revolutionary St. Petersburg, Russia, Nina Berberova emigrated in 1922, living in several European countries before settling in the United States. She wrote frequently for the leading journals and anthologies of the first wave of the Russian emigration. The Italics Are Mine (1969), her autobiography, is an important record of that period. Marian Schwartz has translated the works of Nina Berberova. She lives in Austin, TX.
 
Published June 16, 2001 by New Directions Publishing Corporation. 307 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Psychological acuity and a painterly attention to detail mark these six exquisite tales by Russian emigre Berberova, whose autobiographical The Italics Are Mine will be published by Knopf in April.

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Those who lament the passing of the golden age of Russian literature may now take heart--the American debut of Russian emigree Berberova (b.

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Nina Berberova's (1901-1993) The Tattered Cloak, translated from the Russian by Marian Schwartz, collects six stories dealing with Russian exiles of various backgrounds living in Paris just before World War II.

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Nina Berberova's THE TATTERED CLOAK AND OTHER STORIES is a collection by arguably one of the best of the Russian writers from the early part of the last century.

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