New Book Gives Personal Account of Russian History

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Author Kira von Korff discusses Russian history and her life growing up there

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In her new book “The Russian Coup and the Girl” (published by Balboa Press) , Kira von Korff uses history and personal experience to offer readers an understanding of Russian life during one of its most formative modern transitions.

“The Russian Coup and the Girl” addresses the lives of the Russian people during the change from communism to democracy. Though technically a democratic government prevails in the country, it is not like any other version of democracy, according to von Korff. She suggests that drama, adventure and “safety” are the main concerns of the Russian people, and that their lives are filled with tragedy and triumph at the same time.

“It is history,” says von Korff, when asked to summarize the book. “It is about the Russian people as nothing has been written since ‘Doctor Zhivago.’ Many Americans just do not understand Russia or the people; it provides a beautiful tale. Also, I am American and Russian, this provides a unique point of view.”

Outside of history and the Russian people, von Korff lists the major themes of “The Russian Coup and the Girl” as love, drama, violence and apathy. She spent most of her time growing up in the United States, but she draws inspiration heavily from her time growing up in Russia.

“’The Russian Coup and the Girl’ reaches out from Russia to the rest of the world,” says von Korff.

About the Author
Kira von Korff grew up in a Russian household during pre-revolutionary Russia. During childhood, she lived in both the United States and Russia. She studied political philosophy and ballet at Stanford and the private liberal arts school, The Colorado College. At 16 her dancing took her to Russia to perform ballet. She returned to the United States at 21, writing columns for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Finance News (the leading Russian newspaper) and the World Trade Center Journal. According to von Korff, she is a Russian baroness – her great-grandfather was a baron and general in the last Russian tsar’s army, and his picture hangs in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. She now resides in the country in Maine with her husband.

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