Russian Winter

Russian Winter Daphne Kalotay
  • Title: Russian Winter
  • Author: Daphne Kalotay
  • ISBN: 9780061962172
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
  • Russian Winter Daphne Kalotay Russian Winter Daphne Kalotay captivates in a soaring debut novel An elegant compelling puzzle of family memory and solitude that brings to life modern day Boston and postwar Russia through a profound love story G
    Daphne Kalotay captivates in a soaring debut novel An elegant, compelling puzzle of family, memory and solitude that brings to life modern day Boston and postwar Russia through a profound love story Graceful, moving, and unexpected Matthew Pearl, New York Times bestselling author of The Dante ClubIn Russian Winter, the beautiful debut novel by critically acclaimed wri Daphne Kalotay captivates in a soaring debut novel An elegant, compelling puzzle of family, memory and solitude that brings to life modern day Boston and postwar Russia through a profound love story Graceful, moving, and unexpected Matthew Pearl, New York Times bestselling author of The Dante ClubIn Russian Winter, the beautiful debut novel by critically acclaimed writer Daphne Kalotay, a famed ballerina s jewelry auction in Boston reveals long held secrets of love and family, friendship and rivalry, harkening back to Stalinist Russia Called tender, passionate, and moving by Jenna Blum, the New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us, Russian Winter is a perfect choice for fans of the novels of Debra Dean The Madonnas of Leningrad , Ann Patchett Bel Canto , and Ian McEwan Atonement.
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    About Daphne Kalotay


    1. Daphne Kalotay grew up in New Jersey, where her parents had relocated from Ontario her mother is Canadian, while her father came from Hungary to Canada as a teen Daphne attended Vassar College, majoring in psychology, before moving to Boston to attend Boston University s graduate program in fiction writing She stayed on at BU to study with Saul Bellow as part of the University Professors program, where she earned a PhD in Modern and Contemporary literature, writing her dissertation on one of her favorite writers, Mavis Gallant Her interview with Mavis Gallant can be found in the Paris Review s Writers at work series.At Boston University, Daphne s stories won the school s Florence Engell Randall Fiction Prize and a Henfield Foundation Award Her first book, the fiction collection Calamity and Other Stories, includes work first published in Agni, Good Housekeeping, The Literary Review, Missouri Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner, and was short listed for the Story Prize.Daphne has taught literature and creative writing at Boston University, Skid College, and Middlebury College She lives in the Boston area.


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    1. Our faculty had an interesting discussion about Russian Winter last week All enjoyed it very much, some were disappointed in the end no spoiler just thought it ended too abruptly Characters were well drawn and there was an interesting mix of types, all unique and human One gets a real sense of the lack of privacy and constant prying of Soviet eyes on its citizens in the era of the late 40 s and early 50 s Nina, Paulina and Vera also take us into the grueling and competitive world of the Bolshoi [...]

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    2. Unknown to most Americans, the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin caused the great famine of the early 1930 s resulting in the death of millions of his own people By liquidating the Kulaks as a class Stalin may have eliminated the prosperous and conservative farmers in the Ukraine, and it led to the establishment of collective farms and chaos in the countryside The loss of over twenty million Soviet citizens during the Great Patriotic War combined with the massive physical destruction of the nation fo [...]

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    3. I love novels that unfold the way Russian Winter by Daphne Kolatay did shrouded in a mystery that s slowly, tantalizingly revealed through multiple narratives and flashbacks The story starts out simply enough Nina, a former Bolshoi ballerina is putting up her jewels for auction As Nina inventories her jewels, she also reluctantly inventories her life setting in motion a painful remembrance of her past in communist Russia and who she left when she defected her husband, the handsome poet and their [...]

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    4. Dosadna i neinspirativna knjiga, sa Danijela Stil atmosferom, koja iska e iz ablona sa delovima o Staljinovoj Rusiji i baletu, teta to se autorka nije na tome fokusirala.Recenzija je na bloguestuffdreamsaremadeof21

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    5. Well it seems I may be in the minority here but I did not love this book It had so much potential I appreciate that the author tried to tie the 2 stories together but the Boston bits ruined the rest of it.In fairness much of what I didn t like is personal preference I hate the formula used here Tell a little bit, just when it gets interesting, switch to something else To me it feels like someone taunting I know something you don t know , and all I can think is fine if you don t want to tell me d [...]

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    6. 2016 is the year where I decided to get back to historical fiction I picked Russian Winterbecause a couple of my friends gave it 5 stars and I like to read books set in Russia.Likes Mystery behind Nina s weird behavior and the missing pendant kept me reading.Dislikes Descriptions were functional and usually character related I was missing the descriptions that add feeling and depth to the atmosphere Story line was not what I expected I thought it would tell us how Nina became a prima ballerina I [...]

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    7. I was hooked on this book by page 80 If you like the arts, ballet, Russian history or all three you will love this book The book takes place in post war Russia but the narration switches between history and modern day as the author weaves three main characters lives together I found this book to be profound and, while a work of fiction, is probably very close to lives other post war Soviets lived I loved the little nuggets of ballet terminology and I thought the lot descriptions in between chapt [...]

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    8. Daphne Kalotay s novel RUSSIAN WINTER is a masterfully crafted novel of loss and redemption, set in an unusual historical time period and interweaving two connected stories In present day Boston, famous Russian ballerina, Nina Revskaya, who defected from the Soviet Union at the height of her fame, is preparing to auction off her dazzling jewelry collection, including three beautiful amber pieces set in gold Nina is now a recluse, crippled by arthritis and the weight of her mysterious past a past [...]

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    9. The cover got me I had to stop and look It s pretty isn t it Even though there is nothing at all original about the art The cover beckons but alas it does not fulfill It s unfinished It s the start of a beautiful cover and yet it s oddly blank The flat clarity of the figure verses the worn depth of the background surface don t mesh They fight each other instead of complimenting each other Sadly that turned out to be a prophecy for the novel Russian Winter is a cradle to grave story of Nina Revek [...]

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    10. This is one of those sagas that starts at present and weaves back and forth so that the past recollections eventually give us the answers to the beginning of the story.Part of the enjoyment in the present day story is that it is set in the City of Boston, particularly in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill Having lived in Boston, and since the author lives in that area, all of the writing was accurate and very easy for me to imagine.Another draw for me is that it is a story of the ballet, which I love [...]

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    11. I enjoyed this story, the way the author was able to weave at least two of the main characters stories together so artfully Drew is tangential to my mind, though I was gunning for her and her intended from early on Her story, though, isn t as compelling by far as Grigori s and Nina s However, a good story, and I learned a vast amount about Soviet Russia, jewels, and the ballet I watched Black Swan during the reading of this novel, and the two worked strangely well together.

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    12. Bueno, se me hace dif cil hablar de esta novela la trama es muy interesante y muy bien pensada, pero la forma de narrar es algo desquiciante, al menos para mi Hay dos lineas de tiempo, el presente y el pasado.Cuando se narra algo del pasado la autora lo escribe en presente.Cuando se narra algo del presente la autora lo escribe en pasado Esta genialidad me ha sacado de mis casillas en m s de una ocasi n y con ganas de tirar el libro y no seguir hasta el final Como dije, las ganas de saber c mo es [...]

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    13. 2.5 starsI was all set to love this book as it had a lovely cover, an intriguing title, perfect setting and history but boy did it disappoint Failed completely in the character department I despised every relationship in this novel except maybe that of Nina and her caregiver Cynthia I hate it when the whole crux of a book relies on minor characters who suddenly become very important at the end when you never even cared about them much anyway Also, Nina was just SO oblivious and stupid that I cou [...]

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    14. I enjoyed both the present and past time scales of this story and loved the insight into the world of ballet, and of life in Russia in the years after the Second World War.There was also an intriguing mystery, and some excellent characters, so all in all, a very enjoyable read.

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    15. Daphne Kalotay s richly narrated debut novel, RUSSIAN WINTER, weaves a multi layered tale that creatively transports readers from Moscow to Boston, and from past to present Filled with mystery, conspiracy, and romance, RUSSIAN WINTER gives one a look at the events that fashioned the life of a prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet and ultimately determined her fate From the moment readers meet Nina Revskaya, now in her 80 s, they are whisked away by her story which combines characters and setti [...]

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    16. A famous ballerina is selling her jewelry to benefit the Boston ballet Nina Revskya is ill, in pain, and confined to a wheelchair However, her decision to auction her jewels opens past memories that she would prefer to forget The novel moves back and forth between her past and the present The present is likewise divided between Nina s thoughts and emotions and that of the young woman, Drew Brooks, who is researching and evaluating the collection plus the reactions of a professor, Grigori Solodin [...]

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    17. Why is the pendant worn backwardsd which woman wears it The cover of Russian Winter beguiled me, but did not answer the many questions that hammered at my brain as Nina s story unfolded I paid diligent attention to the carefully spun out clues in the novel and was spellbound until the end Sometimes we savor a book read a bit, then put it away until tomorrow so that it may be pondered Not so with Russian Winter I was swept away and contentedly disconnected from the rest of my life for the hours I [...]

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    18. This book took me a long time to read About half way through I kept asking myself why do I continue reading when I m not particularly enjoying the story that much I think because a friend loaned it to me, and she really enjoyed this book that I wanted to give it an honest to goodness effort, and be able to talk with her about it Well, I plodded through, and now I am happy to say that I am finished and can move on to something I enjoy a little .The story goes back and forth between time periods 1 [...]

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    19. Iskreno, ova knjiga je mucna za citanje Mucna zato sto je zivot u staljinovoj Rusiji bio mucan i tragican za sve ljude pa i za nasu glavnu junakinju iako je ona bila poznata balerina Ona je srecom pitanje je koliko je za nju to bila sreca uspela da pobegne iz te Rusije, ali je neznajuci nacinila jednu ogromnu nepravdu ljudima koje je volela, svojoj najboljoj prijateljici i svom muzu Ipak, pred kraj zivota, ona ce uspeti tu nepravdu da ispravi Procitajte ovu potresnu pricu i saznajte o cemu se ra [...]

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    20. This book is a magnificent historical fiction novel set in Russia I didn t want to put this book down I was really drawn in by the histroy and glamor, the characters were very real and I found the writing clear, concise and easy to follow, I really recommend this book, its a real page turner.

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    22. I really enjoyed Russian Winter Nina is a ballerina who rises to fame in the mid fifties in Russia Her story is contrasted along with that of her close childhood friend Vera, who begins ballet school together with Nina Vera s story is a tragic one While still young, Vera s grandmother became her family , since her parents were sent away for unknown reasons , and never seen again.As Nina s ballet career progresses, Vera begins a relationship with Nina s husband s good friend Gersh, a Jewish music [...]

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    23. Daphne Kalotay imbues the crowd pleasing qualities of commercial fiction with a soft and sensuous literary touch in this novel of exile and family, love and betrayal From the Stalinist aggression of Russia to the peaceful, snowy streets of Boston, the reader is taken on a page turning journey of professional ballet, fancy jewels, and ethereal poetry This is an historical romance written by a scholar to appeal to readers seeking a satisfying escape.As the novel opens in contemporary Boston, Drew [...]

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    24. Este foi um daqueles livros que me chamaram a aten o pela capa, que acho bel ssima Juntando isso sinopse, pareceu me ter todos os ingredientes para se poder tornar uma boa leitura Felizmente, o meu instinto estava certo.Inverno Russo atravessa mais do que um tempo ou local Inicia se em Boston, j no s culo XXI, cidade onde Nina Revskaya passa os ltimos anos da sua vida Outrora uma bailarina russa muito famosa, Nina vive quase isolada do mundo, assolada pelas recorda es A decis o de leiloar as sua [...]

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    25. Russian Winter is an engrossing fiction novel from Daphne Kalotay that combines personal history with notorious events in human history Flashbacks from Stalin era Russia combine with the modern life of a Russian defector, Nina Revskaya, once famous as a Bolshoi ballerina As she enters her final years, she decides to have a Sotheby s style auction house sell her gemspurportedly to donate the funds to the Arts However, it soon becomes clear that she has personal reasons to divest of the jewelry s [...]

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    26. The story begins in Boston.Nina Revskaya was elderly and frail, but once she had been a prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet She had decided to auction her jewellery collection to raise funds for the Boston Ballet Foundation, and that was stirring up memories.Memories of life of Russia, of the days when she rose to success, when she fell in love and married the poet, Viktor Elsin Many memories she would rather forget, and memories she did certainly not want to share.Young associate Drew Brook [...]

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    27. reinodeadlle 2012 Este livro foi daqueles que comprei por impulso, ou seja, comprei porque gostei da capa Eu sei que n o devemos julgar um livro pela capa, mas os olhos tamb m comem No entanto, eu adoro ballet e a R ssia, portanto este livro pareceu o indicado para mim.No in cio, fiquei bastante confusa com as mudan as de personagem e de espa o Neste livro seguimos a hist ria de tr s personagens Nina, Grigori e Drew Nina a bailarina, e vemos a vida dela como bailarina do in cio at ao seu rumo ao [...]

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    28. Kalotay in her debut novel spins for us a beautiful story with great characters, past and present It is a story which enhances our senses through a pursuit of excellence in the ballet, in poetry and in music Yet juxtaposed over such beauty is also a story where the Stalinist years of oppression cloaked the Russian people with hunger, anxiety and a need to blend in with the masses rather than to excel And in this novel the fear of revealing too much of one s self leads to wrong conclusions and ac [...]

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    29. My Thoughts I was pulled into this story from the very first chapter The whole premise of the book intrigued me from the beginning and I have to say that the author delivered a stellar read I especially enjoyed how the author weaved Nina s past into her present It came together cohesively and really added that extra special layer to this story The jewels had me mesmerized and I often found my mind wandering as to what they looked like and feeling a sort of attachment to them Strange, huh This st [...]

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