The Tattered Cloak: And Other Stories

Nina Berberova, Author, Marian Schwartz, Translator New Directions Publishing Corporation $14.95 (308p) ISBN 978-0-8112-1473-5
Nina Berberova's (1901-1993) The Tattered Cloak, translated from the Russian by Marian Schwartz, collects six stories dealing with Russian exiles of various backgrounds living in Paris just before World War II. ""The Resurrection of Mozart"" focuses on a woman anxiously awaiting her husband's return home as she juggles French soldiers, her disabled son and a mysterious vagrant musician. The title story is narrated by Sasha, who moves from Petersburg to Paris with her father and for years is haunted by the memory of her older sister. Berberova has been compared to Chekhov, and these stories glow with a quiet intensity. ( June 26)
Reviewed on: 06/18/2001
Release date: 06/01/2001
Genre: Fiction
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