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Amazing This woman is about my age, but she has lived manylifetimes than I have I read this book with her history going along the timeline of Russia s growing pains just as this country is going through its baccanalia of avarice, during the Christmas season of buying I couldn t help but compare and contrast along the way Vera is a strong woman, but even steel has to be able to bend in a storm so it won t break I am not nearly as strong as this woman, but I could identify with her P Amazing This woman is about my age, but she has lived manylifetimes than I have I read this book with her history going along the timeline of Russia s growing pains just as this country is going through its baccanalia of avarice, during the Christmas season of buying I couldn t help but compare and contrast along the way Vera is a strong woman, but even steel has to be able to bend in a storm so it won t break I am not nearly as strong as this woman, but I could identify with her Powerful, powerful book A fascinating novel of an ordinary woman s life in post perestroika Russia, with a truly authentic feel to it This is not the kind of book that I normally like or read the journey through life of a brave woman who muddles through and finds meaning in life despite its many hardships and defeats But I was captured by the setting in the collapsing Soviet Union The heroine grows up a Russian among the Turks in Soviet Tadjikistan where she is separate from the culture around her, but still strangely at home She manages to build a life for herself, but it is punctuated by violence and tragedy rape, a This is not the kind of book that I normally like or read the journey through life of a brave woman who muddles through and finds meaning in life despite its many hardships and defeats But I was captured by the setting in the collapsing Soviet Union The heroine grows up a Russian among the Turks in Soviet Tadjikistan where she is separate from the culture around her, but still strangely at home She manages to build a life for herself, but it is punctuated by violence and tragedy rape, an alcoholic husband, fleeing from Tadjikistan to Russia at the collapse of the Soviet Union, the death of her son and personal betrayal when things finally seem to be going right for her, but along the way she meets kind strong people who support her in her times of need and help her find the inner strength to survive, while others around her succumb to the pressure, turning to alcohol, drugs and crime as their ways of coping with the disintegration of society The book is filled with two recurring symbols, the fish and the donkey The heroine s husband calls her fish for being cold, which of course is inaccurate, but the fish is also a creature that quietly swims through changing waters and is, of course, one of the symbols of Christ The donkey is the opposite loud, stubborn, overtly sexual, but also infinitely enduring and hard working These two creatures epitomize different sides of the Russian character that are seen again and again in the story An intense and sometimes mystical story of a woman who was born to geologists in Russian Central Asia and her struggle to survive after the end of the former Soviet Union. Beautiful writing. Translated from the Russian Vera from Tajikistan nurses others after losing her son, she moves to Moscow to work This is a well written, moving story of a heroically hard working woman and the people she meets. This is currently 2014 04 29 available on Kindle for only 4 or 5 USD, but the sample was so depressing I couldn t push myself to buy it If I buy it I must read it now, and I don t want to I don t pile up a million unread books any. &FREE DOWNLOAD ↾ Рыба. История одной миграции (Самое время!) ✙ ,