White road: A Russian odyssey, 1919-1923
White road: A Russian odyssey, 1919-1923
Holt, Rinehart, and Winston

White road: A Russian odyssey, 1919-1923

  • Publish Date: 1984-12-21
  • Binding: Hardcover

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WHITE ROAD is an enthralling slice of personal history that chronicles the onset of the Russian Revolution, follows the path of retreat of the White army, and involves us in the chaos, disarray, and horrifying difficulties that beset the Whites and establish new lives as exiles abroad. Olga Ilyin was a young bride at the time the Revolution broke out her husband an officer in the White army. Their background recalls the world of Turgenev's novels moved forward into the twentieth century. Members of the upper class and the intelligentsia not unaware or undesirous of social change, they were supporters of the Provisional Government. But as Lenin and the Bolshevik forces triumphed whether one was a moderate or a monarchist no longer mattered. This was class war with a vengeance. The Whites had no choice but to flee for their lives-literally-and the story Mrs. Ilyin tells is utterly fascinating and sometimes horrifying. The zigzag journey across Siberia is brought alive in all its hardships and unexpected brief pleasures. WHITE ROAD is altogether a mixture of heroism, fear, and nostalgia recollections. The author is a woman in her eighties of indomitable spirit and innate intelligence and must be one of the last living witnesses to the events she describes so vividly. -from dust jacket flap, 1984

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