Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me

Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me Early In Her Literary Career Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya, Born In St Petersburg In 1872, Adopted The Pen Name Of Teffi, And It Is As Teffi That She Is Remembered In Prerevolutionary Russia She Was A Literary Star, Known For Her Humorous Satirical Pieces In The 1920s And 30s, She Wrote Some Of Her Finest Stories In Exile In Paris, Recalling Her Unforgettable Encounters With Rasputin, And Her Hopeful Visit At Age Thirteen To Tolstoy After Reading War And Peace In This Selection Of Her Best Autobiographical Stories, She Covers A Wide Range Of Subjects, From Family Life To Revolution And Emigration, Writers And Writing Like Nabokov, Platonov, And Other Great Russian Prose Writers, Teffi Was A Poet Who Turned To Prose But Continued To Write With A Poet S Sensitivity To Tone And Rhythm Like Chekhov, She Fuses Wit, Tragedy, And A Remarkable Capacity For Observation There Are Few Human Weaknesses She Did Not Relate To With Compassion And Understanding.

was a Russian humorist writer Teffi is a pseudonym Her real name was Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya o after her marriage Nadezhda Alexandrovna Buchinskaya Together with Arkady Averchenko she was one of the most prominent authors of the Satiricon magazine.

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  • Paperback
  • 220 pages
  • Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me
  • Teffi
  • English
  • 22 March 2018
  • 9781590179963

10 thoughts on “Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me

  1. says:

    I don t know whether to call this short stories or essays Is it autobiographical fiction or is it true Opinions seem mixed The person who ranted about autobiographical fiction on my Instagram review of another book is going to really hate this one This is not quite as shimmering and memorable as Memories From Moscow to the Black Sea, which I think is a must read But there are places in this collection that really shine The first is the overall humor I am impressed at the way this has been translated in order to make me, a 21st century American reader, snicker at something intended to be funny at the turn of the last century by a Russian elite Second is the casual, direct way of writing that makes it feel much contemporary than the period it comes from.Some of the smaller pieces are silly at times, serious at others, but to me this entire ...

  2. says:

    Introduction Teffi the Fool, by Robert ChandlerA Note on the Texts Part I How I Live and Work How I Live and Work My Pseudonym My First Visit to an Editorial Office Part II Staging Posts Liza Love The Green Devil Valya Staging Posts The White Flower Part III Heady Days Rev...

  3. says:

    This book is a collection of autobiographical essays from the renowned, female Russian author Teffi The essays were all written during the early part of the twentieth century and reflect Teffi s own struggles with having to flee a turbulent and oppressive Russia The collection is divided into four parts, the first of which is entitled How I Live and Work These first few essays in the book capture her inner thoughts and self doubts as she becomes Teffi The Author The second part of the book, Staging Posts deals with various aspects of Teffi s personal life from her upbringing in a wealthy Russian family to her emigration to Paris during the Russian Civil War to her time in France during the German Occupation Teffi is well known for her wit, but these essays show us an emotionally tender and serious woman She begins her essay entitled Valya on a sad and brutally honest note I was in my twenty first year She, my daughter, was in her fourth We were not well matched In this essay Teffi has a difficult time connecting with her...

  4. says:

    Some books are just so good that you want them to last longer than they did to savour them, every single word then become precious Teffi is one such author whose works you just want to soak in and want the words to linger long after I got to know of her through the NYRB website and knew I just had to read this one because of the author s associations with literary giants such as Tolstoy and how she got to meet the very famously infamous Rasputin, not once but twice Teffi s experiences are what this book is about short autobiographical pieces that are sometimes funny, mostly catty and unforgettable for sure These pieces were written in the 20s and 30s when she was in exile in Paris There is a touch of poetic quality to her prose no wonder because she wanted to be a poet anyway A lot of wit, human understanding of the world and empathy shine in every essay and that is what I love about the collection Sure there are parts that I couldn t relate to because of the cultural barrier , however what I read was enough to tide me over to be able to understand the beauty of her language and the points she was trying to make From speaking of her childhood most vividly to the Russian cultural phenomenon, nothing is left out The essays show us the Russia that was quite forward in its approach when it came to the arts to the Russia that was turbulent and oppressive at the same time The book is divided into four parts first being about how she lived and worked, second about personal asp...

  5. says:

    Such a joy, such a treasure Can t believed they ve kept Teffi from us wretched people who can t read Russian, that is this long I love her, and I now also want an In this house, we do not talk about Rasputin sign for my dining room.

  6. says:

    This book of essays and journalistic sketches is one of the best sources of information on what life was like in the last days of the Empire and the first days after the 1917 Revolution It is fortunate for us that Teffi, the pseudonym of Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya, was able to make her escape from Russia before Stalin started his purges of everyone who remembered the old days.Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me The Best of Teffi is a miscellany of personal, literary, and historical essays with a touch of fiction here and there Probably best is the essay on Rasputin and the two essays of life in the early days of the October Revolution Teffi managed to live until 1952, so she also had to put up with the Nazis in Biarritz toward the end of her life.Not a single one of her essays, from the most childish reminiscence to The Gadarene Swine, about the panic of living in the early days after the Bolsheviks took power, is less than a small m...

  7. says:

    This was, obviously, not my kind of book Review forthcoming.

  8. says:

    Funny, insightful and often very touching These short pieces are dazzling inventive while maintaining a completely casual tone It is as if the funniest person you know is telling you charming, self depreciating stories from her life, except in this case her life involves being hit on by Rasputin, meeting Tolstoy at the tender age of 13 she is 13, not Tolstoy he is much older or what happens when the newspaper she works for is taken over by V I Lenin Wonderful stuff I d give it five stars, ...

  9. says:

    This book is great The book I guess contains her autobiographical stories, covering a wide range of subjects.She s such a clever writer And funny too Love her sarcasm Though she is from Russia, her writing isn t anyth...

  10. says:

    A rather scattershot collection of stories and recollections from Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya, a highlight of the pre Revolution literary scene in St Petersburg The writing was lovely, her stories about the eponymous interesting, this was a pleasant way to kill a subway ride to Santa Monica.

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