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Russian Roots Marina Brierley

Russian Roots

Marina Brierley

Published April 1st 2009
ISBN : 9780956158802
Paperback
396 pages
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This is an epic family history about refugees from Stalins regime of terror. Full of historical detail on Russia and China, the story follows the flight of two families. One a prosperous clan of merchants, the other ambitious peasants- their livesMoreThis is an epic family history about refugees from Stalins regime of terror. Full of historical detail on Russia and China, the story follows the flight of two families. One a prosperous clan of merchants, the other ambitious peasants- their lives entwine over many years. Their first destination is China, where the White Russians preserve their culture in the volatile cosmopolitan city of Shanghai in the 1930s and 40s. Forced to flee Communism again after Maos victory, they enjoy a tropical interlude in the Philippines before finding safer havens in Australia and America. The story comes full circle with the demise of the USSR and the rediscovery of family links that had been torn asunder. Rival political ideologies are explored unflinchingly and the story ends with hope for the future of the migrs descendents. Most no longer consider themselves Russian but the history of their roots remains a compelling story, not only for them, but for anyone fascinated with the past.