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Dim and Distant Days

"Glas New Russian Writing", 2000, 192 pp., Ed.: Natasha Perova; Trans. By Kathleen Cook & Natalie Roy. – From the Editor's Preface: "In Dim and Distant Days Miller looks back over nearly five decades of Soviet history to her hungry but happy childhood in post-war Moscow; her coming of age as a Jewish girl in an anti-Semitic regime; her early loves and her students days; her encounters with the KGB as an English interpreter in the 1960s and again in the 1980s as a wife of human rights activist Boris Altshuler…". Contents: "Homo Ludens", "Childhood in Post-War Moscow", "Papa Misha", "St Petersburg-Leningrad", "Muzyka – Music", "Flitting and Gliding", "The Black Sea", "Virgin Lands", "My Romance with English", "My Land and Home", "In lieu of Conclusion".

I write my memoirs. Labouring
Over dim and distant days
And feel I never shall return
From the past's embracing maze.

With the shadows close around me
I speak silently and smile
Shed tears. And refuse to talk
The jargon of the present day.


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