A Hero's Daughter by Andrei Makine

By Andrei Makine

In global battle II Ivan Demidov received the pink Army's optimum award for bravery, that of Hero of the Soviet Union. however the many years following the conflict have introduced him a lifetime of complication, alleviated in basic terms by way of his delight during this fulfillment and the modest privileges granted to conflict veterans. His daughter, Olya, nevertheless, born in 1961 and knowledgeable as a linguist, takes up a put up as an interpreter at Moscow's overseas enterprise heart with entry to a metropolitan way of life past the goals of her mom and dad. the single capture is that her activity contains servicing international businessmen round the clock and passing on information regarding them to the KGB. it is a attractive drama of disillusionment and stress among the 2 generations: the one who grew up below Stalin and observed its religion in him collapse and the one who grew up below Brezhnev, fixated at the glamour of the West and its fabric items. Makine's vibrant and genuine evocation of lifestyle in post-war Soviet Russia suits in its depth the pics of nineteenth-century Russian existence provided by way of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.

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By 1711 all of them, including Riga, had Ijeen captured. new navy participated, In the capture of Viborg the the place being taken The Swedish sea. l)y fleet failed to put in an appearance till commanding his arm}' ; Sweden Peter himself was into something very like anarchy. Not mo. Admiral Apraksin from the the battle of Poltava the year before had flung afloat off Viborg, viboi-g, a reserve squadron. had been annihilated at Poltava 1709. Pottaua. did Charles made. xii. that he had the fatal error realise Escaping from that bloody field, he spent a couple of vears idly careering in the south ; then he attempted a counter-irritant, and induced the Turks to fight the Russians.

Hopelessly defeated by annihilation by a peace whereby Azov was restored to "« Turks. Turkey, the Russian Black Sea Fleet destroyed, and a heavy indemnity paid. The peace, however, was fatal to Charles" schemes. Having disposed of the Turkish War, and captured ma. Capture of all the Swedish territorj^ on the southern shores of the Heisingfors, Abo, etc. Baltic, Peter's genius led side.

Ncerned, had been frankly recognised as Between Swedes and Russians small a superior force. skirmishes had at different times taken place, but these had nothino- of the nature of Peter, however, Prus-ia. Poland, having a reo'ular war allied with and Saxony, began to operations against Sweden, which was at b\' Denmark, attempt active first supported These two Powers, however, Holland and England. were concerned them. in with Denmark, and withdrew cliiefiy when Sweden made peace with Russians invade Slued ish their forces territory.

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