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The Tragic Menagerie
by Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal
translated by Jane Costlow
Northwestern University Press, 1999
Paper: 978-0-8101-1483-8
Library of Congress Classification PG3470.Z5T713 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.733

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Though published a decade before the Bolshevik Revolution, The Tragic Menagerie possesses a sensibility that is modern in its descriptions of a childhood of passionate affections and unsettling revelations. This fictionalized autobiography follows the tomboyish Vera, who counts among her friends bears, wolves, and a wild crane, as well as local peasant girls. Sent to a German boarding school and exiled from her kingdom, Vera turns into a demonic, disobedient student, rejecting a life she finds constraining and artificial. Only when she returns to her natural world can her deeper compassionate and imaginative self emerge.

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