The Girl from the Metropol Hotel - Growing Up in Communist Russia-logo

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel - Growing Up in Communist Russia

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

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The prizewinning memoir of one of the world's great writers, about coming of age as an enemy of the people and finding her voice in Stalinist Russia Born across the street from the Kremlin in the opulent Metropol Hotel-the setting of the New York Times bestselling novel A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles-Ludmilla Petrushevskaya grew up in a family of Bolshevik intellectuals who were reduced in the wake of the Russian Revolution to waiting in bread lines. In The Girl from the Metropol Hotel, her prizewinning memoir, she recounts her childhood of extreme deprivation-of wandering the streets like a young Edith Piaf, singing for alms, and living by her wits like Oliver Twist, a diminutive figure far removed from the heights she would attain as an internationally celebrated writer. As she unravels the threads of her itinerant upbringing-of feigned orphandom, of sleeping in freight cars and beneath the dining tables of communal apartments, of the fugitive pleasures of scraps of food-we see, both in her remarkable lack of self-pity and in the two dozen photographs throughout the text, her feral instinct and the crucible in which her gift for giving voice to a nation of survivors was forged. "From heartrending facts Petrushevskaya concocts a humorous and lyrical account of the toughest childhood and youth imaginable. . . . It [belongs] alongside the classic stories of humanity's beloved plucky child heroes: Edith Piaf, Charlie Chaplin, the Artful Dodger, Gavroche, David Copperfield. . . . The child is irresistible and so is the adult narrator who creates a poignant portrait from the rags and riches of her memory." -Anna Summers, from the Introduction

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kate Mulgrew

Length:

3h 23m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:41


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:35


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:08


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:44