Publishers: France - EDITIONS D'HIER ET D'AUJOURD'HUI (1964), MESSIDOR (1989), Germany - AUFBAU-VERLAG (1987), BUCHCLUB 65 (1988), Turkey - SOSYAL YAYINLAR (1975), EVRENSEL BASIM YAYIN (2002), USA/UK - MAY FAIR BOOKS (1962), SIMON PUBLICATIONS (2002)
In 1940 Ilya Ehrenburg spent some time in Paris, then occupied by German troops. His novel The Fall of Paris (written in 1942) deals with the decay of French society from 1935 to 1940, and also presents an excellent eye-witness account of the Occupation.
A short novel that narrates the improbable life of a Russian émigré in France and engages in polemical dialogue with the fiction of Vladimir Nabokov.
There was a time when nearly fifty thousand Russians lived in Paris (on the eve of World War I, they were hardly more than thirty-six thousand in all France). They prayed in Orthodox churches, sent their children to Russian schools, and discussed Dostoevsky in La Rotonde coffee shop.
Fyodor Zavalishin, also known as Theo, was one of those Russians who managed to escape the Bolshevik Revolution and settled in Paris. As many of them, he also visited a screening of Eisenstein's masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin in November 1926. As a soldier, in 1905 he took part in the suppression of the revolt in the Russian fleet. When he watched Eisenstein's impressive reconstruction of the massacre in the port of...