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Days in the Caucasus by Banine

Days in the Caucasus by Banine

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We all know families that are poor but 'respectable'. Mine, in contrast, was extremely rich but not 'respectable' at all...

This is the unforgettable memoir of a childhood spent in Azerbaijan in the turbulent early twentieth century, caught between East and West, tradition and modernity.

Banine remembers her luxurious home, her beloved, flaxen-haired German governess and her imperious, swearing, strict Muslim grandmother. She recalls how the Bolsheviks came, and how amid revolution and bloodshed she fell passionately in love, only to be forced into marriage with a man she loathed - until the chance of escape arrived.

By turns gossipy and romantic, wry and moving, 
Days in the Caucasus is a coming-of-age story and a portrait of a vanished world.


"Every so often a voice emerges from the archive so vivid that it seems impossible that it should ever have been forgotten." -Evening Standard

"A delightful memoir of an eventful life set against the helter-skelter of the 20th century... Banine herself shines through as an intelligent and independent spirit, longing for her own self-determination." - Financial Times

"An enchanting memoir." -  Jane Shilling, Evening Standard

"I started to leaf through the book and was soon engrossed... So vividly and wittily does the author reveal to us an utterly unfamiliar world." - Teffi

"'An effervescent and irreverent feat of recollection and imagination - epic in sweep yet intimate in tone - that introduces the reader to an exotic, antique world and to characters so vividly drawn that their raucous voices seem to echo long after they have vanished from sight... A radiant jewel of a book." - Wall Street Journal

"This jewel of a memoir, written in 1945 but only now published in English, has all the makings of a Tolstoyan drama." - The New Internationalist

Publisher: Pushkin
ISBN: 978-1782274896
Pages: 288