Svetlana Grobman is a Jewish immigrant from Russia who was born in Moscow in 1951 and who moved to the United States in 1990. While living in Russia, Svetlana was an engineer and an editor for the Soviet Encyclopedia. Now, she is a librarian and freelance writer living in Missouri. More about Svetlana here and also here.
The Education of a Traitor, by Svetlana Grobman contains descriptive snapshots of domestic and family life in the former Soviet Union during the 1950s and 1960s. Capturing details of life within her families’ small apartments, and the rough play of the children of the neighborhood and at school, this book will warm your heart with the obvious love and affection of her parents and grandparents, but also at times amuse with childhood tales of misfortunes, successes, rivalries, and friendships. The book expertly captures the inner and external tensions experienced as a Jewish child growing up in Moscow during the Cold-war era. Grobman adeptly crafts word pictures of the world around her and within her. Though generally serious, humor is an underlying factor in most of the stories as well. I greatly appreciate her literary effort in this first book in relating a life experience far removed from her current residence in Columbia, MO, and yet somehow familiar and close at hand, as she shares her childhood experiences living in Moscow and summer excursions to the countryside. Thank you for an outstanding first book, Svetlana! Your narrative enlightens the past as well as the present and the future. Thank you for sharing your story.
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