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Checkovian in its deceptive lightness, Nella Bielski's fiction is a uniquely feminine meditation on death and absence: the absence of the heroine's husband Paul, of the intense life of her childhood in wartime Russia, and her youth in Moscow, of friends and family who have vanished behind the tundra of the Gulag, of parents who loved her. Yet running like a powerful current throughout is the energy of life itself, precious in the details of its very everydayness. Politics are a part of this life, shaping it without ever occupying its centre, like Alexander Levy whose crime it was to invent a simple dream of a tolerable existence. Nella Bielski's novel, like the best of poetry, illumines the ordinary and asserts, against painful odds the value of living.

Oranges for the son of Alexander Levy - Nella Bielski

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Title
Oranges for the son of Alexander Levy
Author
Nella Bielski
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Arcadia Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20001210

Checkovian in its deceptive lightness, Nella Bielski's fiction is a uniquely feminine meditation on death and absence: the absence of the heroine's husband Paul, of the intense life of her childhood in wartime Russia, and her youth in Moscow, of friends and family who have vanished behind the tundra of the Gulag, of parents who loved her. Yet running like a powerful current throughout is the energy of life itself, precious in the details of its very everydayness. Politics are a part of this life, shaping it without ever occupying its centre, like Alexander Levy whose crime it was to invent a simple dream of a tolerable existence. Nella Bielski's novel, like the best of poetry, illumines the ordinary and asserts, against painful odds the value of living.

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Nella Bielski was born in Russia just before World War II. She is part of that generation who was evacuated to the Urals during the German attack and had just reached adolescence when Stalin died. She was one of the few women to study at the Moscow Philosophy Faculty.Bielski's prize-winning fiction includes After Arkadia (Viking). Together with John Berger, she has written two plays, A Question of Geography and Goya's Last Portrait as well as Isabelle: A Story in Shots. She lives in Paris.

"Bielski writes beautifully. Her delicate sense of humour runs like an electric beam illuminating the landscape." Selina Hastings, 'The Daily Telegraph'

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
225

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