Stereotyping of Russians in America Shattered in New Historical Fiction

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Russian author Lyudmila Noble boldly reveals the true plight and sentiments of her fellow countrymen in “Just Touching the Memory”

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Maria Sharapova. Milla Jovovich. Nastia Liukin. Leonardo DiCaprio. What ties these notable personalities together? Their Russian heritage. Since the 1700s, Russians have been coming to America’s shores. Although there are already numerous notable Russian-Americans since that time, according to author Lyudmila Noble, Russians are still stereotyped as “rigid people who came from the cold freezing country with similar personalities”. To break that stereotyping, introduce the relatively new breed of Russian-speaking communities in America today, and reveal how they truly are, Noble publishes her new novel based on a true story, titled Just Touching the Memory.

In her book, Noble invites readers to think, analyze and understand the reasons which made Soviet people leave their country. As everyone is aware nobody leaves and departs from a good life. On the surface, the main character had a great career, house, family, children, and husband. However, that was the tip of the iceberg. The underlying reason for her departure from the former Soviet Union was deep down and deeply hidden from the eyes of the bystanders. In her book, Noble tries to capture the most significant events which led the country to the collapse and made an impact of the destinies of the citizens of that country greatly.

“I hope that my book will help to build the bridges between two communities and will show where the Soviet Russians are coming from and what we have in common: values, goals, difficulties, personalities. And in spite of the fact that the Russians were emigrating to the U.S.A. for centuries, these Soviet Russians are very different from those who emigrated from feudal Russian society,” explains Noble. “The Soviet Russians are highly educated, disciplined, responsible, sophisticated and they came to the United States for political reasons, not economical ones.”

Certainly some Soviet Russians came to the U.S. for economical reasons, but they did not arrive here as political refugees, as the main character and her family, and the other Russian Jews who came to the U.S. They joined those who came here as political Jewish refugees (as a part of their families) and some of those who came to the U.S. also got the green cards from American Government. Hence, the Soviet Russian emigration has various reasons for coming to America. The book is a true story of those who came to the U.S. as political refugees. Names, places, and events have been altered to protect the identity and show respect for the real characters.

Being a sensitive author, Noble sincerely wants to say in her book, “My freedom is finishing when your freedom ends”. As a matter of fact, in the former U.S.S.R., the notions “will” and “freedom” were not separated. The authorities did everything what they wanted to do in spite of the fact that they hurt constantly Soviet people the people of values and dignity. Just Touching the Memory is a compelling work with a clear mission—to give all people, in general, and the American people, in particular, the chance to understand and appreciate the sentiments, talents and richness of culture of the Russians who have come to share in the American Dream.

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About the Author
Lyudmila Noble was born in a family of a well-known doctor in the former Soviet Union. From her very childhood, she was introduced to the notions of humanism and altruism which were presented to her by her father. Noble’s father was her mentor and her role model. In the former Soviet Union, Noble received her education as linguist, educator and military nurse. She majored in English/German. Later, she got her Master’s Degree in Social Work in New York, U.S.A.

Just Touching the Memory * by Lyudmila Noble
Publication Date: June 19, 2013
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