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Memoirs of a GrandmotherScenes from the Cultural History of the Jews of Russia in the Nineteenth Century, Volume One$
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Pauline Wengeroff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804768795

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804768795.001.0001

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(p.89) 1. Preface
Memoirs of a Grandmother

Gustav Karpeles

Stanford University Press

Pauline Wengeroff's memoirs offer a genuine insight into Jewish society in nineteenth-century Russia. Through her narrative, Wengeroff describes momentous events during a transitional period in the life of Russian Jews, whose lot and suffering have earned the sympathy of the entire civilized world. Naturally, the history, literature, and peculiarities of Russian Jews have generated so much interest worldwide. The cultural work vividly portrayed in Wengeroff's memoirs reminds one of a remark by Nicholai Gogol in his classic novel, Dead Souls, in which the hero's kibitka gallops quickly over the broad, endless plains and finally disappears in the colorless distance.

Keywords:   Pauline Wengeroff, memoirs, Jews, Russia, Nicholai Gogol, Dead Souls, kibitka

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