‘I never imagined such a memoir could be possible…. enthralling’ ANTONY BEEVOR
With the brilliant Memories – From Moscow to the Black Sea now out in beautiful paperback, we couldn’t wait to share a slice of Russian writer and satirist Teffi’s characteristic wit and wisdom with you.
Teffi was a literary sensation in Russia until war and revolution forced her to leave her country for ever. Memories is her blackly funny and heartbreaking account of her final, frantic journey into exile across Russia-travelling by cart, freight train and rickety steamer-and the ‘ordinary and unheroic’ people she encounters. From refugees setting up camp on a dockside to a singer desperately buying a few ‘last scraps’ of fabric to make a dress, all are caught up in the whirlwind.
Intrigued? Click below to read a sample of a hilarious interlude during one of Teffi’s many hectic train journeys in Memories.