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Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea | Teffi
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Considered Teffi’s single greatest work, Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea is a deeply personal account of the author’s last months in Russia and Ukraine, suffused with her acute awareness of the political currents churning around her, many of which have now resurfaced.   In 1918, in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution, Teffi, whose stories and journalism had made her a celebrity in Moscow, was invited to read from her work in Ukraine. She accepted the invitation eagerly, though she had every intention of returning home. As it happened, her trip ended four years later in Paris, where she would spend the rest of her life in exile. None of this was foreseeable when she arrived in German occupied Kiev to discover a hotbed of artistic energy and experimentation. When Kiev fell several months later to Ukrainian nationalists, Teffi headed south to Odessa, on the Black Sea, a city then under the control of White Russian forces. The White Army, however, soon beat a hasty retreat in the face of the advancing Red Army, and Teffi fled across the war-torn landscape to the port of Novorossiysk, from which she embarked at last for Constantinople.   Danger and death threaten throughout Memories, even as the book displays the brilliant style, keen eye, comic gift, and deep feeling that have made Teffi one of the most beloved of twentieth-century Russian writers.
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EadieB
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TheSpineView 😊 2mo
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Jilly6183
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This popped up in my Facebook memories today. Obviously, I hadn't found Litsy yet. Now I have an ever growing stack of books waiting to be read and the perfect place to get more recommendations!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yay for Litsy!! 2mo
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Birdsong28
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I think this is my #firstpost as I can vaguely remember posting this in my early days and it won't refresh past a certain point on my profile, well it has been nearly 3 years! #litsymemories Thank you @DebReads4fun for my only like 😘📚📖

DebReads4fun @Birdsong28 you are very welcome! 3mo
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MrBook
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A friend tagged me on another platform. Oh maaaaan, the memories!!! 😆😍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I loved Book It! I lived on Pizza Hut pizza while it was going on 😎. Anyone else participate in #BookIt when they were a kid?! 😁

Bookwormjillk I did, even though we didn‘t have Pizza Hut in our town and I could never use the coupons. I just liked the sound of it. 6mo
m.galehuxley Yes! I often wish for an adult version of it. 6mo
CrazyLibraryGirl Yeah! I‘d totally forgotten about that. Our local library also offered ice cream cones at a local diner as part of their summer reading program, although I probably would have read all the books anyway. 6mo
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Bookcation74 Ohh the big pin you got was coveted in my house! 6mo
Jbakesmcgee3 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️it was the best!!! 6mo
JenReadsAlot Yes!! 6mo
rather_be_reading YESSSS!! 6mo
mdm139 I loved it as a kid and now my youngest gets a pizza each month from school 6mo
IheartYA Yes! It was awesome! Within the past couple years both Pizza Huts within half an hour of us closed. Sad! 6mo
mdm139 And our library would do a summer reading program where the reward was a coupon book to all sorts of restaurants in town and free admin to the zoo 6mo
corycatelyn It was the best thing ever!!! 6mo
Jas16 Omg! Yes! I loved it. My grandmother would take me to Pizza Hut every time I got a coupon. 6mo
Karkar Loved Book-it!!! 6mo
Sharpeipup I did! My Pizza Hut knew me by name... 6mo
Craftylikefox Book It was my jam!!! I got so many personal pan pizzas and that was the only times I went to Pizza Hut 😂 6mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I would have earned way more pizza if we were allowed to count all the books I read! It ensured our family went to Pizza Hut once a month, at least! 6mo
LibrarianRyan They have an adult program now. Or did (all our pizza huts shut down so I have no idea). 6mo
Eggs My daughters did BookIt 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Day 7: #Memories

I promise this will be my last campaign post for a while, but this post from 2012 popped up in my FB memories today, and it was a memory that I needed to see again. It‘s still true.

#gratitude30

ReadingSusan ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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kspenmoll
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#Gratitude30 #memories

My sibs & I have been sorting through old photos at my parents house. So many memories! My mom, me, with Robert on my lap (about 9 maths old), my sister Jean. At the Cape house, which holds appx 35 yrs of memories for me. 💗💗

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic ❤️ 7mo
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MicrobeMom
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Today #gratitude30 prompt is #memories. I had an awesome childhood with a wonderful brother (the cute chubby one in the middle). So grateful for my 80s American childhood! MTV, pogoballs, my little pony, Sweet Valley High, Baby Sitter‘s Club, R.L. Stein, and many more!

Mimi28 I remember all that stuff! And also that we share a birthday!! I think I am about 5 years older I was born in 1976. I promise to write you back soon!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
MicrobeMom @mimi28 only 3 years older. The 80s were good times. I hope you are well and life is treating you good. 7mo
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Aseleener
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Day 7 of the 30 Days of Gratitude photo challenge: memories. I am so grateful to be living in the digital age when my most precious memories of my girls are a simple click away. My thousands of photos greatly enhance my memories of their early years. #gratitude30

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emilyrose_x
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Day 7 Memories

I have good memories of my trip to the Harry Potter studios. My friend had been before but I hadn't, and she spent pretty much the whole day laughing at how excited I was 😂

#gratitude30

rather_be_reading 😍😍 7mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Yes!!! I loved the 80‘s.
1. Ready Player One and Red Rising. But I remember enjoying The Stainless Steel Rat, I just don‘t remember the story.
2. Frogger and Pitfall
3. Sigh.... so many! Blondie, U2, The Police, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, The Go-Go‘s, Psychadelic Furs, Pat Benetar.....
4. Sixteen Candles, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Breakfast Club, The Goonies....

Mgruidae I‘m wearing a Psychedelic Furs shirt AND listening to them right now 😄 I love the 80s too ❤️ 14mo
JoScho Love love love all your movie choices 💕 14mo
Chrissyreadit @Mgruidae awesome!!!💖 14mo
Chrissyreadit @JoScho This was a fun post! 14mo
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DivaDiane
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1. I‘m going to cheat and say, the Chronicles of Narnia, for when I was younger and the Tripod Trilogy when I was a little older. OH! But what about the Trixie Belden Books?!? I can‘t decide.
2. LiteBrite!!
3. Spaghetti and Meatballs!
4Cookies!
#manicmonday
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GarthRanzz I couldn‘t decide between Trixie, Nancy Drew, the Three Investigators and the Hardy Boys so I just went with one. 😊 1y
DivaDiane @GarthRanzz Oh! How could I forget the Three Investigators?!? I didn‘t like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, but Trixie and the 3 Investigators were pretty equal. 1y
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️Trixie Belden❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
SilversReviews I forgot about Trixie. 😍😍😍 1y
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Cupofjo
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1. The Jungle Book
2. Has this ‘life size‘ doll I named Sissy, because, you know.. she was my sister (I don‘t have siblings)
3. Johnny Marzetti
4. Soft baked/cake-like cookies AND cupcakes please!

#manicmonday

@JoScho

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RealBooks4ever
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Leftcoastzen Neat cover! 2y
RealBooks4ever @Leftcoastzen It's pretty, isn't it? 💜 2y
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Marchpane
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This delightful book came to my attention on @ReadingEnvy 's fantastic podcast. Thanks Jenny!

Teffi was such a famous writer at the time of the Russian revolution that she was recognised everywhere, even as she fled from the Bolsheviks.

With arch wit and deceptively breezy style, it's easy to see why she was so popular in her time. This book is the story of her escape.

This was my "published in 1931" book for the #192019challenge.

Moray_Reads Oh, I just got a Teffi volume from Pushkin! Looking forward to it even more now 2y
Marchpane @Moray_Reads That one looks so good! I'm definitely keen to read her stories now, having read the memoir 😁 2y
ReadingEnvy I think about this book often. I'm glad you liked it too! 2y
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RealBooks4ever
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Two #womenintranslation books. I love the covers on both of them! #aprilbookshowers

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Abailliekaras
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#Booktober day 11 so many #memorablememoirs!

This is a beautiful book. 👌. Others I love:
Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
What I Talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami
Anti-cool Girl by Rosie Waterland
World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

RealLifeReading I loved Istanbul. I've never actually read Pamuk's fiction but his nonfiction I'm always happy to read! 3y
Abailliekaras @RealLifeReading Other Colours was great. I love his fiction too. 3y
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SeeJaneRead
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This is on, like, page 2. Russians do not fuck around.

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H.Louise
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Just finished reading. Still adoring Teffi! She has kept me in good company on the beaches of Spain.

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ReadingEnvy
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Really enjoying this one so far! A good blend of reality, humor, reflection. From a refugee's perspective in 1918.

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Abailliekaras
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Pickpick

Loved this account of a refugee experience - Teffi left Moscow in 1918 but it feels contemporary. Clean writing; the journey at first frightening, at times comical, ultimately sad: "My last bow to a Russian audience on Russian soil". She avoids self-pity, & the deck-scrubbing scene is v funny.

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Abailliekaras
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I seem to have a Russian theme in my TBR (one more daunting than the others)! Really enjoying Memories so far.

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