Far from Russia

A Memoir

Olga Andreyev Carlisle

Thomas Dunne Books

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Olga Andreyev Carlisle has never lived in Russia, and yet throughout her life Russia has never been far. Far From Russia captures the enduring grip of Russia, and how the idea of that homeland shaped her world. We see her first as an aspiring painter in post-World War II Paris, savoring her independent life. There she falls in love with an American G.I., Henry Carlisle. With Henry, she comes to the United States, to Nantucket, where she is introduced to his family's more reserved ways. In New York City, Olga begins to piece together a community in a strange land of artists and writers including, Robert Lowell and Robert Motherwell. Carlisle makes vivid the influential and heady times of both postwar Paris and New York.

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CHAPTER ONE
The Sound of Poetry
My earliest memories are of adults reciting poetry in our apartment near Paris—my father, my aunts and uncles, and Marina Tsvetayeva. I would have been five or six, and I did not know that there were worlds beyond our family, the darkening dining room, the hot fragrant tea, and the waves of poetry that engulfed us.
Tsvetayeva had pale green eyes, her skin was swarthy, and her short hair was touched with silver. I liked her harshness—the brisk movements, the low, slightly raspy voice with the hard r’s of the well-born Muscovite.

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Olga Andreyev Carlisle

Olga Andreyev Carlisle is the granddaughter of the writer Leonid Andreyev and of Victor Chernov, the revolutionary leader who inspired the central figure of her book The Idealists, co-written with her husband Henry Carlisle. A painter, she is also the editor of Poets on Street Corners and the author of Voices in the Snow, Island of Time, Solzhenitsyn and the Secret Circle, and Under a New Sky. With her husband Henry she is co-translator of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot and of Visions, a collection of Andreyev's stories. Born in Paris, she now lives in San Francisco.

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Far from Russia
A Memoir
Olga Andreyev Carlisle

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
March 2000
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312252458
ISBN10: 0312252455
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 160 pages
$22.95

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
March 2000
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ISBN: 9780312273699
ISBN10: 031227369X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 160 pages
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