Bird's Milk by Jana Bakunina

By Jana Bakunina

In Bird’s Milk, Jana Bakunina tells the tale of her early life within the Soviet Union from the early days of perestroika to the cave in of the USSR, delivering a different perception into the lives of standard Russians. Bird’s Milk finds a interval of turbulent political and monetary adjustments but in addition a heart-warming international of blini and pelmeni, weekends spent on the kinfolk dacha and summer season camps at the Black Sea.

With her heritage in economics and finance, Jana Bakunina has a lot to claim concerning the present weather in Russia, yet she additionally tells a private tale, that includes Bulgakov and Tolstoy, her grandmother’s cooking and the Russian rock scene. Her formative years was once in lots of methods conventional, yet with Gorbachev’s reforms and the next fall of the Soviet Union, new horizons opened up.

Bird's Milk is a story of turning out to be up, suffering to belong and make feel of what it potential to like one’s nation, while being anything of an interloper either at domestic and abroad.

"Bird’s Milk is a superb evocation of a standard Russian youth in a city in the course of the rustic – after which the non-public trip that grew to become a Russian right into a westerner. Jana Bakunina is aware either side of what has been referred to as the “new chilly War”. it is a memoir that is helping light up today’s world." Simon Kuper

"In the previous few a long time, thousands of Russians left their native land for brand spanking new lives within the West. all over, they confronted the problem of constructing feel in their prior and adapting to a brand new lifestyle. In her soaking up and distinctive memoir, Jana Bakunina describes her trip from Soviet period Sverdlovsk, the talented baby of an highbrow relatives, to Oxford and the realm of excessive finance in London. within the procedure, she displays properly at the everlasting difficulties of id and values, conversing not only for herself yet via her stories for an entire generation.” David Satter

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