The Tattered Cloak

The Tattered Cloak

And Other Stories

By Nina Berberova; Marian Schwartz (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780811214735, 308pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2001

Description
First published in Europe in the 1930s and '40s, these searing, evocative stories by the late emigre writer Nina Berberova (1901-1993) are portraits of the lives of Russian exiles in Paris on the eve of World War II. The protagonists range from housekeepers and waiters to shabby-genteel aristocrats and intellectuals -- but all are united in a haunting displacement from their pasts, and all share a troubling uncertainty about the future.


About the Author
Nina Nikolaevena Berberova (1901-1993) was born in St. Petersburg. She left Russia after the revolution in 1922, eventually settling in Paris in 1925 with her lover Vladislav Khodasevich. She moved to the U.S. in 1950 and taught at Yale and Princeton. In France she was honored as a Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

Marian Schwartz has translated the works of Nina Berberova. She lives in Austin, TX.