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Asya : A Novel

Ignatieff, Michael

ISBN 10: 0679406573 / ISBN 13: 9780679406570
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated, 1991
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1st American Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED by author on a bookplate on front end page (signature only). Also includes laid-in a photocopy of typed signed thank you letter from author saying he has signed bookplate.$27.99 price present on DJ flap. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 024767

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Title: Asya : A Novel

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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Born into a family of Russian aristocrats, Asya Galitzine's idyllic life is shattered by revolution, lost love, war, exile, and betrayal, in a saga of a woman whose fate parallels that of twentieth-century Russia

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A wonderfully enthralling first novel from writer-historian Ignatieff (The Russian Album, 1987, etc.)--unabashedly unpretentious but satisfyingly literate and informative. Asya is one of those remarkable women who somehow survive countless traumas with high spirits and innocence intact. Born in 1900 to a wealthy noble Russian family, Asya as a small child had tried to cross an ice-bound river. Just before she fell through the ice, she had seen a mysterious skater, all dressed in white, coming toward her through the mist. Her survival is thought to be miraculous, but the ``shock of the river had frozen something inside her and in the future there would be moments when her actions would rise from a dark and unknowable region of herself. That was the price she paid for crossing the river. What she won was fearlessness.'' And it is this lack of fear--this refusal to mourn the past or dig beneath the surface--that shapes Asya's life. Her parents die; she trains as a nurse; the Revolution begins; and, fleeing from the advancing Reds, she meets Sergei, the great love of her life. Safe in Paris, she bears Sergei's child, then soon acquires a job and a circle of helpful admirers. In 1924, Sergei turns up; they marry, prosper, but when the invading Germans force Asya to flee, she learns some unpleasant truths about her friends. Treachery is everywhere, yet Asya survives, and in a final visit to Moscow in 1990, in search of Sergei--a man of secrets as well--she finally accepts what she has denied for so many years. A sufficiently complex plot, memorable characters, dramatic events, and vivid and various settings, together with a heroine worthy of them all: one of those rare books that will delight all those who enjoy a good story well told. A reading feast. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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