Hurstville City Library
cnr Queens Rd & Dora St, Hurstville
Tuesday 27th March @ 7pm
Bookings 9330 6142 or in person at the library
Copies of Frieda's book will be available for sale and signing.
Join Frieda Belakhova as she recounts and reflects on the harsh realities of her life, being poor and Jewish in the Soviet Union after the Second World War. Frieda's book My Past Life: the Soviet Experience is a personal testimony told in the form of a letter to her son about life in Soviet society with its harsh conditions and communal living following the Second World War through to the mid- nineteen seventies . An eyewitness to many historical events such as Stalin’s death we discover through her story the particular predicament of Jews in the USSR, where being Jewish meant being discriminated against.
Frieda’s life story will be of interest to those who remember when Russia was the USSR, to younger generations unfamiliar with dictatorial regimes and to all interested in a firsthand account of a life lived in a turbulent era.
"What surprises me even now was this sheep-like readiness to accept our situation, as well as the pride which did not allow us to complain to others or even feel sorry for ourselves." Frieda Belakhova
Immerse yourself in all things Russian with one of the following books, some serious others more lighthearted or quirky:
- Apricot Jam and other stories / Alexander Solzhenitzen
- Dostoevsky: a writer in his time / Joseph Frank
- Molotov's magic lantern: uncovering Russia's secret history / Rachel Polonsky
- My Russian grandmother and her American vacuum cleaner: a memoir / Evan Shalev
- Odsseya: an epic journey from Russia to Australia / Alexander Vassilieff
- The possessed: adventures with Russian books and the people who read them / Elif Batuman
- Twilight of love: travels with Turgenev / Robert Dessaix
- Voices from the Gulag / edited by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- When Miss Emmie was in Russia: English governesses before, during and after the October Revolution / Harvey Pitcher
- White fever: a journey to the frozen heart of Siberia / Jacek Hugo-Bader
The possessed: adventures with Russian books and the people who read them