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The Time Of Women

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Author: Elena Chizhova

Translators: Simon Patterson and Nina Chordas

Life is not easy in the Soviet Union at mid-20th century, especially for a factory worker who becomes an unwed mother. But Antonina is lucky to get a room in a communal apartment that she and her little girl share with three old women. Glikeria is the daughter of former serfs. Ariadna comes from a wealthy family and speaks French. Yevdokia is illiterate and bitter. All have lost their families, all are deeply traditional, and all become “grannies” to little Suzanna. Only they secretly name her Sofia. And just as secretly they impart to her the history of her country as they experienced it: the Revolution, the early days of the Soviet Union, the blockade and starvation of World War II.

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Life is not easy in the Soviet Union at mid-20th century, especially for a factory worker who becomes an unwed mother. But Antonina is lucky to get a room in a communal apartment that she and her little girl share with three old women. Glikeria is the daughter of former serfs. Ariadna comes from a wealthy family and speaks French. Yevdokia is illiterate and bitter. All have lost their families, all are deeply traditional, and all become “grannies” to little Suzanna. Only they secretly name her Sofia. And just as secretly they impart to her the history of her country as they experienced it: the Revolution, the early days of the Soviet Union, the blockade and starvation of World War II.

The little girl responds by drawing beautiful pictures, but she is mute. If the authorities find out she will be taken from her home and sent to an institution. When Antonina falls desperately ill, the grannies are faced with the reality of losing the little girl they love – unless a stepfather can be found before it is too late. And for that, they need a miracle.

Numerous literary studies have been conducted on various topics based on the material of the novel. Some of them are listed below:

  • New Page of Petersburg text (Poetics of the novel The Time of Women by Elena Chizhova) (Russia);
  • Chains of Nominative Sentences in Elena Chizhova’s novel The Time of Women (Russia);
  • Dialog Speech Formation in the novel by Elena Chizhova The Time of Women (Russia);
  • Reflection on the past in Elena Chizhova’s novel The Time of Women (University of Delhi, India);
  • Petersburg in the prose of Elena Chizhova (Nyutochkin House and The Time of Women (Poland);
  • Translation of  gender peculiarities of women`s speech behaviour from Russian into English (on the material of the book The Time of Women by Elena Chizova).

For more information about this publication please consult the following website dedicated exclusively to The Time of Women.

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Author

Elena Chizhova was born in 1957 in Leningrad, the city which provides the setting for her award-winning The Time of Women, a novel about the secret culture of resistance and remembrance amongst women of Russia. Chizhova, a former economist, teacher and entrepreneur, turned to writing in 1996 after being rescued from a burning cruise ship. Her beautiful and sensitive prose has already been recognized in her homeland: she is the winner of the Northern Palm and the Literary Premier of ‘Zvezda’ journal in 2001, as well as of the Russian Booker Prize in 2009. Chizhova’s prose shuns trickery in favour of emotional honesty in order to probe the weeping sores of Russian history that contemporary culture would sooner forget. Chizhova is the director of the local PEN centre in St. Petersburg.

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Elena Chizhova

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266 pages

Publication date

31st January 2012

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