From BBC Radio 4 – Book of the Week:
Elena Gorokhova wishes her mother had come from Leningrad, the world of Pushkin and the tsars, lace ironwork and pearly domes. Its sophistication might have left a permanent mark of refinement on her soul.
But she didn’t.
She came from the provincial town of Ivanovo in central Russia, where chickens lived in the kitchen and a pig squatted under the stairs.
She came from where they lick plates.
Read by Sian Thomas
A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.
1/5: Elena’s mother has become a mirror image of her motherland.
2/5: At five years old, Elena goes to nursery and learns about being part of the collective.
3/5: Elena can only go to college is she is a member of Young Communist League.
4/5: Elena and Nina are considered mature enough to teach Russian to visiting Americans.
5/5: Robert has returned to Texas and Elena wonders if she can visit him.