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IRINA RATUSHINSKAYA IS THE NEW NAME IN OUR LIBRARY

  The last October meeting of the Literature Club was dedicated to Irina Ratushinskaya whose books have been purchased recently by our library.

  The volunteer of the Library program Irena Krichevskaya told about the author and her books.
Irina Borissovna Ratushinskaya is a famous poetess and prose writer. She was born in Odessa in 1954, graduated from Odessa University, faculty of physics and after she got married in 1979 she lived in Kiev. She started writing poems when she was a girl; and in 1982 she was charged for remedial action and some poems 7 years and went to prison camp in Mordovia.

  Ratushinskaya described the years of her imprisonment in the book "Grey is the color of hope".
In 1986 she was released because of Reagan's, Thatcher's, Mitterand's and upper spheres' of Israel intercession and moved to England with her husband and after that to the USA. Now she lives in Moscow.
Ratushinskaya issued several poems collections and three novels: "The Odessits", its continuations "The successors of a minefield" and "The shadow of portrait".

  The novel "The Odessits" is a story about the people who were just sparkles in the fire of Russian history. This novel tells stories about three families; one of them was Jewish family - victims of pogrom in Chisnau. The novel describes the events that took place in Odessa from 1905 to 1941 when the Great Patriotic War started. "The successors of a minefield" is about the war years, about occupation of Odessa and postwar period till 1968 when Soviet tanks occupied Czechoslovakia.

  Everybody was listening the story about Ratushinskaya, her poems and the novel "The Odessits" with a great interest, asked a lot of questions and wanted to read her books.

Galina Korobkina,
photo by Vladimir Semchuk

Irena Krichevskaya is telling the story about the writer
Irena Krichevskaya is telling the story about the writer
  Yevgeniya Karyakina is presenting new books
Yevgeniya Karyakina is presenting new books
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