Snow Germans

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Am I Russian or German? This is the question all of the three protagonists in this novel overtly and unconsciously ask, for far too many times. They are Volga Germans, Germans living on the border between Germany and Russia, who truly belong to neither country. Confused and belittled in their past, Valeria, Mark and Andrey are trying to live in the present if only they can root themselves where they truly belong, an impossible task it seems. Prejudices, tyrannical rule, persecution, misunderstandings and their nomadic lifestyle back and forth between the two countries continue to haunt their existence. Education, industry, and progress, such as the Russian development of gas lines to the world, are temptations, but the insidious rejection of the past is always looming in below the surface. This half-surrealistic and half- chronological account of German and Russian history and contemporary living is an account that reflects other famous writers like Nabokov and Thomas Mann. How does one make sense of love and connection when one has never known it because of the loss of one’s parents and neighbors? Snow Germans is a noteworthy historical tale worthy of study, reflection and analysis.

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Century

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(US) $15.00

ISBN
(US) 9785717200974

Format
Paperback

Pages
300

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