Ninochka : A Novel

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-08-01
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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A Russian emigre living in New York travels to Paris to try to reconstruct the secret life of another Russian woman who was murdered there on the eve of World War II.

Author Biography

Svetlana Boym is Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard University

Table of Contents

Chapter One In which the murder takes place 1(10)
Chapter Two In which you catch a glimpse of my green card and sample immigrant crêpes 11(10)
Chapter Three In which I try to examine Nina's diary but speak with the strangers instead 21(7)
Chapter Four In which we observe émigrés on the beach and learn everything we need to know about potential murder suspects 28(22)
Chapter Five In which we revisit Nina's childhood and play hide-and-seek in the Summer Gardens 50(6)
Chapter Six In which the detective gets unexpected mail 56(3)
Chapter Seven In which we finally learn about the men in Nina's life and meet "the Eurasian genius" 59(14)
Chapter Eight In which we attend the Eurasian tea party and lose all respect for Attila the Hun 73(10)
Chapter Nine Which might make you blush 83(5)
Chapter Ten In which we learn about the "other woman" and read the Manifesto of the Kinopeople 88(7)
Chapter Eleven In which we all go to a Hungarian party and learn about Soviet missile launchers 95(5)
Chapter Twelve In which I finally see Ninotchka and wonder about the consequences 100(10)
Chapter Thirteen In which I spend some time in the Bibliotheque Nationale and stumble upon a conspiracy theory ciphered in the script of Ninotchka 110(8)
Chapter Fourteen A digression on common fears and on the importance of dusting, preferably with a wet rag 118(4)
Chapter Fifteen In which the best part happens behind the scenes, so the anxious reader can just skip this chapter altogether 122(5)
Chapter Fifteen-A Hardly a chapter at all, a couple of loose pages from my computer diary 127(2)
Chapter Sixteen Which tells you how to cute a common cold with roasted salt and potato steam and how to remove stains on your red Pioneer tie 129(4)
Chapter Seventeen In which the detective misbehaves in the movie theater while watching a film with Gerard Depardieu 133(11)
Chapter Eighteen In which we finally meet Nina's last lover Lionel, learn of his desire to become a great American writer and read his sketch about Russian roulette 144(7)
Chapter Nineteen Which tells you what to do when you run into your lover's wife in the supermarket 151(3)
Chapter Twenty In which we learn how Ninotchka was conceived and what made Greta Garbo laugh 154(1)
Chapter Twenty-One In which a mysterious character from the third row packs his bags and makes a confession 155(15)
Chapter Twenty-Two Up in the air 170(4)
Chapter Twenty-Three In which we travel to Russia and watch a musical dedicated to the Soviet Constitution 174(11)
Chapter Twenty-Four In which my beautiful grandmother takes her last stroll in Paris 185(2)
Chapter Twenty-Five In which I invite you to come home with me but Tram No. 30 runs very slowly 187(6)
Chapter Twenty-Six In which I bury my grandmother 193(4)
Chapter Twenty-Seven Which offers you seven elephants of happiness 197(3)
Chapter Twenty-Eight In which we dispel our sad thoughts and learn what Ninel Markovna really did in Paris 200(10)
Chapter Twenty-Nine In which you meet my English professor and drink the cheap wine of our youth 210(7)
Chapter Thirty In which we taste a fruit drink and cabbage pirogi at my Alma Mater and learn what happened to Boris Krestovsky in Russia 217(8)
Chapter Thirty-One In which we stop making Eurasian jokes and explore the double life of Yuri Poltavsky-Rizhsky 225(11)
Chapter Thirty-Two In which you follow me to Moscow and have a pickle treat 236(6)
Chapter Thirty-Three In which we eavesdrop on Comrade Kaganovich 242(5)
Chapter Thirty-Four In which we watch The Lilac Sunset and listen to Kachalsky's songs 247(9)
Chapter Thirty-Five In which I meet Cossacks and have a romantic escapade at the Pizza Hut 256(7)
Chapter Thirty-Six In which the murderer makes a scene 263(17)
Chapter Thirty-Seven In which we get homesick in Gorkv Park 280(5)
Chapter Thirty-Eight In which we leave Russia and bid farewell to Rabinovich and Anka the machine gunner 285(9)
Chapter Thirty-Nine Which tells you that there is no place like home 294(4)
Chapter Forty Greta Garbo's Last Smile 298(4)
Postscript 302

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