NEW BOOK - YELENA AND GALINA LEMBERSKY, LIKE A DROP OF INK IN A DOWNPOUR: MEMORIES OF SOVIET RUSSIA (BOSTON: CHERRY ORCHARD BOOKS, 2022).

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Like a Drop of Ink in a Downpour: Memories of Soviet Russia, a memoir by Yelena and Galina Lembersky tells the story of a daughter dedicating her life to the art and legacy of Galina's father, Felix Lembersky (1913-1970), a prominent Leningrad painter best known for his Babi Yar paintings (1944-52) and expressionist works of the 1960s. Unable to exhibit his art in the Soviet Union, Galina decided to emigrate and take her father's oeuvre to the United States. This decision ignited a chain of events with unexpected, disastrous consequences, family separations, fabricated criminal charges, a prison sentence, and nine years v otkaze. Told in the dual points of view, this memoir is a clear-eyed look at the reality of life of women and children in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and '80s, giving us an insider’s perspective on the roots of contemporary Russia. It is also a coming-of-age story, heartfelt and funny, a testament to the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters, and the healing power of art.

A vivid portrait — one of life in and escape from a country that now exists only in memories and memoirs.” 

—Herb Randall, LA Review of Books

The profound influence of their father and grand-father, artist Felix Lembersky, his belief that art and integrity were crucial, is a constant and sustaining theme of their chronicle of life in limbo.”

—Alison Hilton, Wright Family Professor of Art History, Emerita, Georgetown University

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