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Far from Russia: A Memoir
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312252455, Hardcover)She was born in France in 1931, daughter of Russian émigrés with revolutionary but anti-Bolshevik antecedents. Far from Russia, she would not set foot in the land of her ancestors until 1959, when she was married to an American editor and herself an aspiring painter well acquainted with the abstract expressionists who were reshaping modern art. Among the most charming passages in Olga Andreyev Carlisle's engaging memoir are her recollections of Paris during the enchanted spring and summer of 1951, when she fell in love with her husband-to-be, Henry Carlisle. She evokes with equal vividness the literary and artistic social life of New York in the 1950s and '60s--Robert Lowell and William Styron mingle in her pages with Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock--and describes the natural beauty of Nantucket, historic home to Henry's family. Yet the Russian language, politics, and especially literature are always in her heart; her earliest memories are of her parents reciting poetry aloud with Marina Tsvetayeva, and the closing section details her stormy tenure as Alexander Solzhenitsyn's representative to American publishers. Carlisle's account of her experiences in three equally beloved countries reminds us that a cosmopolitan life need not be rootless and alienated--hers, on the contrary, has been excitingly varied and richly satisfying. --Wendy Smith
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