About this book
A mesmerising memoir of a childhood in Soviet Russia: through Elena's captivating voice we learn the story of Russia through the second half of the 20th century, but also the personal account of one rebellious citizen whose love of a foreign language finally transports her to a new world. 'An enthralling read' J.M. Coetzee
A memoir of a young Soviet girl's discovery of the hidden truths of adulthood and her country's profound political deception. It discribes the personal story of Russia in the second half of the twentieth century, and the story of one rebellious citizen whose love of a foreign language finally transports her to a new world.