FAR FROM RUSSIA: A Memoir.

Carlisle, Olga Andreyev.

ISBN 10: 0312252455 / ISBN 13: 9780312252458
Published by New York: St Martin's, (2000) dj, 2000
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Carlisle, the daughter of the emigre poet Vadim Andreyev, writes of her many travels and acquaintances - from her years in Paris where she was an aspiring painter and where she met an American soldier, Henry Carlisle, who became her husband - her move first to Nantucket and then to New York City and finally to her activist years in the 1960s and 1970s on behalf of Soviet writers and in opposition to the Vietnam War. Warmly INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "for my dear -- -with love and Easter greetings" and dated in the year of publication. viii, 181 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 60442

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Title: FAR FROM RUSSIA: A Memoir.

Publisher: New York: St Martin's, (2000) dj

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Olga Andreyev Carlisle has never lived in Russia, and yet throughout her life Russia has never been far. Far From Russia captures the enduring grip of Russia, and how the idea of that homeland shaped her world. We see her first as an aspiring painter in post-World War II Paris, savoring her independent life. There she falls in love with an American G.I., Henry Carlisle. With Henry, she comes to the United States, to Nantucket, where she is introduced to his family's more reserved ways. In New York City, Olga begins to piece together a community in a strange land of artists and writers including, Robert Lowell and Robert Motherwell. Carlisle makes vivid the influential and heady times of both postwar Paris and New York.

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She was born in France in 1931, daughter of Russian émigrés with revolutionary but anti-Bolshevik antecedents. Far from Russia, she would not set foot in the land of her ancestors until 1959, when she was married to an American editor and herself an aspiring painter well acquainted with the abstract expressionists who were reshaping modern art. Among the most charming passages in Olga Andreyev Carlisle's engaging memoir are her recollections of Paris during the enchanted spring and summer of 1951, when she fell in love with her husband-to-be, Henry Carlisle. She evokes with equal vividness the literary and artistic social life of New York in the 1950s and '60s--Robert Lowell and William Styron mingle in her pages with Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock--and describes the natural beauty of Nantucket, historic home to Henry's family. Yet the Russian language, politics, and especially literature are always in her heart; her earliest memories are of her parents reciting poetry aloud with Marina Tsvetayeva, and the closing section details her stormy tenure as Alexander Solzhenitsyn's representative to American publishers. Carlisle's account of her experiences in three equally beloved countries reminds us that a cosmopolitan life need not be rootless and alienated--hers, on the contrary, has been excitingly varied and richly satisfying. --Wendy Smith

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