Subtly Worded and Other Stories (Paperback)

Nadezhda Teffi

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Teffi's genius with the short form made her a literary star in pre-revolutionary Russia, beloved by Tsar Nicholas II and Vladimir Lenin alike. These stories, taken from the whole of her career, show the full range of her gifts. Extremely funny - a wry, scathing observer of society - she is also capable, as capable even as Chekhov, of miraculous subtlety and depth of character. There are stories here from her own life (as a child, going to meet Tolstoy to plead for the life of War and Peace's Prince Bolkonsky, or, much later, her strange, charged meetings with the already-legendary Rasputin). There are stories of emigre society, its members held together by mutual repulsion. There are stories of people misunderstanding each other or misrepresenting themselves. And throughout there is a sly, sardonic wit and a deep, compelling intelligence.


Product Details

  • Product code: AKDWG
  • ISBN: 9781782270379
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 16.6cm x 14.3cm
  • Pages: 304
  • Publish date: Thu Jun 19 00:00:00 BST 2014
  • Book points: 10

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