Madonna from Russia

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Peter Owen, 2006 - Fiction - 219 pages
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Lily is a young prostitute working the streets of Petrograd who is recruited by the Bolsheviks to a higher category of working woman to service the Communist elite. Following a fortuitous marriage to Andrei Bourbon, poet, Futurist and artistic colleague of Malevich, Mayakovsky, et al, Lily's own poems are ushered to the official Communist children's newspaper. With an airbrushed and 'revolutionised' biography created for Lily, the poems are immediately published as children's books. Following Andrei Bourbon's disappearance during Stalin's purges, Lily becomes poet laureate and an ideal symbol of the Soviet era. After further marriages and the collapse of the Soviet dictatorship, Lily escapes Russia for the USA, where we meet her for the first time, engaged to a naC/ve American communist and starting all over again--"at the age of ninety-six. A contemporary picaresque novel, Madonna from Russia is fiction with Druzhnikov's unique combination of satire, humor and documentary twist.

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Thomas R. Moore, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA, MCSD, MCDBA, MCP, MCT, CSE, CTT+, has been in the computer industry for more than 25 years. Thomas has a wide variety of expertise in all hardware environments and with most Microsoft Server products. “ My first and lasting love, besides my wife and family, of course, however, is database programming, ” he says. Thomas is comfortable in any programming language environment. He achieved his MCSD and MCDBA certifications from their inception; completed the Microsoft CSE certification as a certified software engineer with Dexterity and Microsoft Business Solutions products; and, most recently, completed the new Microsoft Certifications for MCITP and MCTS on SQL Server 2005. Over the past 20 years, he has been working for a variety of Microsoft partners, and he is currently an intermediate developer/technical consultant with Diamond Municipal Solutions in Paris, Ontario, where he has been for the past four years. Among his myriad IT certifications, Thomas also holds certifications in English and business/technical writing. Thomas enjoys staying up-to-date, although like most of us, he finds it a challenge to keep up with the pace of the industry.