Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood: Short Stories

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9781477600474: Twelve Months of a Soviet Childhood: Short Stories

"Telling a story for each month of the year Gousseva takes us back to a simple time in her life. Yes, Communist rules determine a lot of her life but the book does not bemoan hardship or missed material goods. It is a sentimental journey into all-day-life and special occasions of her life."
-- ChristophFischerBooks, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

"The short stories do a good job of transcending the formulaic representations of the much vilified regime and showing the children are children and childhood - no matter where and when it takes place - is still a magical time, filled with adults who know and care, places that are exciting and new and simple joys, such as seeing the sun after endless months of winter."
-- Vardan Partamyan, Amazon Reviewer

"Each one of these childhood memories is told in a refreshingly honest manner, and you can get a feel for the Russian soul simply by the temperature and locale of these vignettes: 'February: Sunshine above the Clouds,' 'March: Meeting My Best Friend,' 'April: Swimming in Gorky Park,' 'May: The Swamp Spirit,' 'June: A Real Gentleman,' 'July: The Hedgehog,' 'August: The Music Box,' 'September: The First Day of School,' 'October: The Witch Club,' 'November: House Repairs,' and 'December: New Year's Tree,' which brings us full circle to the beginning of the year."
-- Uvi Poznansky, Amazon Reviewer

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From the Author:

These twelve stories show everyday life of a young girl living in the Soviet Union and provide a glimpse into the twelve months of the year in a country that no longer exists. This collection of stories will take you from icy cold winter days in Moscow to sunny (or rainy!) summers in the Russian countryside. A brief note accompanies each story to help you understand the events, places, or characters described.

About the Author:

Julia Gousseva was born and raised in Russia when it was still a part of the Soviet Union, or USSR. For a long time, Russia was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and had a mysterious image of the Evil Empire to many Westerners, specifically Americans. But Russia was a mystery not just to outsiders, but to its own people as well. One of Julia's college history professors used to refer to Russia as a country with unpredictable past. Why? Because every time a new leader came to power, all state-issued history books were changed and rewritten. And all history books were state-issued.

Julia's short story collection titled Twelve Months of the Soviet Childhood shows life in the Soviet Union before the changes and offer a child's perspective.

Julia's novel Moscow Dreams is set in Russia and presents life from the perception of everyday people whose lives were dramatically altered by events that have changed and are still changing Russia.

Her children's stories put whimsical characters from old Russian fairy-tales in modern circumstances for today's kids.

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