The Tattered Cloak and Other Stories

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New Directions Publishing, 1991 - Fiction - 307 pages
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The greatest collection by one of the great Russian writers is now back in print. First published in Europe in the 1930s and '40s, these searing, evocative stories by the late emigre writer Nina Berberova (1901-1993) are portraits of the lives of Russian exiles in Paris on the eve of World War II. The protagonists range from housekeepers and waiters to shabby-genteel aristocrats and intellectualsbut all are united in a haunting displacement from their pasts, and all share a troubling uncertainty about the future.

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User Review  - jsoos - LibraryThing

Altough the title is "The tattered Cloak" and other novels, I view these much more as short stories. The stories area all somewhat depressing, why are we living?, how do we eke by?, what is the point ... Read full review

THE TATTERED CLOAK: and Other Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A collection of six novellas, first published in English two years before Berberova's death in 1993. The Russian novelist and biographer (of poet Aleksandr Blok), born in 1901, spent many of her final ... Read full review


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The Waiter and the Slut
Astashev in Paris
The Tattered Cloak
The Black Spot
In Memory of Schliemann

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About the author (1991)

Born in 1901 in pre-Revolutionary St. Petersburg, Russia, Nina Berberova emigrated in 1922, living in several European countries before settling in the United States. She wrote frequently for the leading journals and anthologies of the first wave of the Russian emigration. The Italics Are Mine (1969), her autobiography, is an important record of that period.

Marian Schwartz has translated the works of Nina Berberova. She lives in Austin, TX.

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