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Teffi
TEFFI was the pen name of Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya, a Russian poet and humorist writer. Together with Arkady Averchenko she was one of the prominent authors of the magazine Satiricon. Born into a literature-treasuring and socially distinguished St. Petersburg family, she and all three... show more
TEFFI was the pen name of Nadezhda Alexandrovna Lokhvitskaya, a Russian poet and humorist writer. Together with Arkady Averchenko she was one of the prominent authors of the magazine Satiricon. Born into a literature-treasuring and socially distinguished St. Petersburg family, she and all three of her sisters became writers. Teffi's work was widely read; her admirers included Ivan Bunin and Mikhail Bulgakov just as much as Vladimir Lenin and the last Tsar. Initially a supporter of the Russian revolution, she quickly became disenchanted with it. In 1919 she left Russia for Ukraine, intending to stay there merely for one month's worth of theatrical productions; however, with the advance of the first Bolshevik purges, her trip eventually turned into a flight to the Black Sea and, ultimately, Istanbul. From there she moved on to Paris, where she spent the rest of her life. Along with her poetry and short stories, her "Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea" -- the account chronicling her flight -- is considered her finest work.
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Birth date: 1872-05-21
Died: 1952-10-06
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Dem
Dem rated it 5 years ago
Note to self for 2017....... you don't have to finish a book that you are not connecting with. You have purchased it, you have tried it, you don't have to finish it. Occasionally I struggle though books I am not enjoying in the hope that it will turn around and this happens to be one of those that...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 5 years ago
This is just beautiful. Absolutely beautiful in places. This is Teffi's account of her journey out of Revolutionary Russia. It has beauty, humor, and sorrow.Thank NYRB Book Club, thank you.(May 2016 selection)
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 5 years ago
bookshelves: spring-2016, a-cut-above, adventure, author-in-the-mirror, autobiography-memoir, beautifully-put, chase-me-chase-me, character-growth, decline-disintergration-degradation, diamonds-are-a-girls-best-friend, ex-pats, fascinating-fayre, gulp, hell-breaks-loose-one-night-ashore, life-is-ch...
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Most of the leading lights of Russian literature—especially before the Russian Revolution—that most people know are men. Almost two years ago, I was delighted to learn that the work of one Russian woman was being translated and published in English. I had never heard of Teffi and was astonished to f...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 7 years ago
bookshelves: spring-2015, radio-4, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, slavic, translation, under-50-ratings Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners Read from April 11 to 18, 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05ny7p1Description: Teffi's genius with the short fo...
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