Tatiana & Alexander (BUR Rizzoli) by Paullina Simons

By Paullina Simons

Né l. a. guerra né i 900 giorni dell’assedio di Leningrado sono riusciti a distruggere il grande amore tra Tatiana e Alexander. Ora lei si ritrova sola in the USA con Anthony, il loro bambino appena nato: le hanno detto che Alexander è morto, ma nel profondo sente che non può averla abbandonata in step with sempre. Infatti il giovane ufficiale è vivo, anche se nella disperata condizione del prigioniero: caduto nelle mani della famigerata polizia di Stalin, sopravvive tra orribili sofferenze e torture nell’attesa di essere giustiziato come traditore e spia. Eppure Alexander non ha perso l. a. speranza, perché sa che da qualche parte, in the US, Tatiana e il figlio che non ha mai conosciuto lo stanno aspettando. Così Tatiana e Alexander continuano a vivere l’una all’insaputa dell’altro, divisi da un oceano, aggrappati al ricordo del loro amore che è riuscito a sconfiggere l’inverno russo e l. a. reputation, a sfuggire alle bombe della guerra. E che non può finire.

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Malbushim (Hebrew)—clothing. part one 5 everyone be happy with their share and enjoy it, that’s what I wish with all my heart. And after I’ve lived as many years as I have to live, don’t forget me. Remember to say kaddish* when you can. † ♦♦♦ Bubbe Bashe outlived her husband by many years. In a manner of speaking, she’s still doing it. Not that she sees so well or hears so well or walks so well, but you can’t deny she’s still alive. She’s just more like an old hen than a human being and doesn’t realize that everything has changed.

Moyshe Kulbak, ‘‘From Byelorussia,’’ trans. by Leonard Wolf, in Howe, Wisse, and Shmeruk, The Penguin Book of Modern Yiddish Verse, 388. 17. Ibid. 18. R. ’’ Maisei Kul’bak, Vybranae (Minsk, 1970), 8. 19. , 398. 20. ‘‘The Rabbi’s Son,’’ Isaac Babel’s Selected Writings, 175–176. 21. Nikolai Ostrovskii, Vi shtol hot zikh farkhatevet: Roman in tsvey teyln, ed. M. Kulbak (Minsk: Melukhe farlag, 1937). This Yiddish translation of Nikolai Ostrovskii’s paradigmatic Soviet novel, How the Steel Was Tempered, lists Moyshe Kulbak’s name on the title page, referring to the text having been ‘‘edited’’ (baarbet ) by him; the name of the translator is not listed.

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