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Larissa Miller


paper ISBN 9785717200516
ebook ISBN 9785717201162
192 pages, illustrated

Translated by Kathleen Cook & Natalie Roy

Sample writing Childhood in Post-War Moscow

Larissa Miller's memoir recounts her childhood in postwar Moscow, with reminiscences of her mother, a major journalist under Stalin, and of her father killed in World War II; the discovery of her Jewish identity; her first love; and reflections on the nature of literature and art. Her life has been closely connected with all the major events of the age which she relates with sober tenderness and insight.

"Miller recalls what it was like to come of age as a Jewish girl during Stalin's anti-cosmopolitan campaigns and beyond... Despite the taunts and the insults, despite her feeling that pogroms could begin any moment, Ms. Miller remains resilient and undaunted. Despite the deep-rooted tradition and repeated historical outbursts of anti Semitism in Russia, and the ongoing tension between Russians and Jews that makes many Jews feel like strangers in their own land, Russia for many is still the homeland, as Ms. Miller calls it." — Jewish Forward

"Behind this childish facade was the real world of Stalinist Russia where her mother worked from dawn to dusk, where she was called a dirty kike Before even realizing that she was Jewish, a world of scarcity and death. Miller writes of a childhood of endurance, but she does so without bitterness or sentimentality." — Sydney Morning Herald

"Larissa Miller's poetry radiates harmony. Her clear, precise and beautiful language is her forte. Her poetry is truly poetic and has no need of neologisms or any special devices for its expressiveness. Such poetry, with its openness and sincerity, will always be in demand whatever the current fashion." — Arseny TARKOVSKY

Born in 1940 Larissa Miller was educated at the Foreign Languages Institute in Moscow and later taught at Moscow University. A major lyrical poet, she is the author of ten books, including Nameless Day; My Land and Home; Let's Talk about the Paradoxes of Love; Holidays, Holidays; Between the Cloud and the Pit.
Winner of several literary prizes she was short-listed for the State Prize in 2000.
In Dim and Distant Days, Miller looks back over nearly five decades of Soviet history to her hungry but happy childhood in post-war Moscow; her coming of age as a Jewish girl in an anti-Semitic regime; her early loves and her student days; her encounters with the KGB as an English interpreter in the 1960s and again in the 1980s as the wife of human rights activist Boris Altschuler.
Miller's striking personality shines through her narrative. She radiates kindness and wisdom, seemingly fragile and vulnerable she is able to resist all ideological influences, remaining completely independent-minded and vibrantly alive.