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Katya Vogt is now an old woman, but the story of how she came to North America begins in Russia in 1910. As Katya's story unfolds, it becomes clear that she is a survivor of revolution.

Born into a Mennonite community on the Russian steppes, Katya and her family live on the large Sudermann estate. Their religion, their traditions, and the luxurious green of their fields set them apart from the Russian workers who toil on the estate. Katya's father, foreman of the estate, has been promised a land of his own to farm, but each year the Sudermanns put him off. As in a Willa Cather novel, the rhythms of the seasons are mirrored in the structures of a society in which everyone knows their place, even if they chafe against it. Then, in the wake of the First World War, revolution comes. First the German army, then anarchists, Bolsheviks, and Communists sweep across the land. Katya is tested by a world upended. In lucid, spellbinding prose, Birdsell vividly evokes time and place, and the unease that existed on the brink of revolutionary change.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Milkweed Editions, 2004.
ISBN: 9781571310439
Characteristics: 373 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.


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May 17, 2013

Dana you sould read this. This book provides an insight into the lives of Mennonites in Russia during the early 1900's as they lived within colonies. It is a goo portrait of the day to day lives and religion of the Mennonites and the impact of the Russian Revolution on the decision of many to immigrate to Canada, Mexico and South American. The story is told from the point of view of Katya, one of three survivors of a massacre at one of the colonies. Well written and interesting. The author is of Mennonite heritage from Saskatchewan.

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