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RED PRINCESS
by Sofka Zinovieff

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In 1907, Princess Sophia ('Sofka') Dolgorouky was born in St Petersburg. Her father was Prince Peter Dolgorouky, her mother was Countess Sophia Bobrinsky. Members of the Imperial family had attended her parents' wedding earlier that same year, and the child was born into a privileged world of nurses, private tutors and elegant tea parties. The Russian Revolution caused the princess to flee from Russia aboard the HMS Marlborough with the Dowager Empress Maria and her daughter, the Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna. While onboard, Sofka made friends with Vassily, Xenia's son who was two years her senior.

After fleeing across Europe to England, it was years later that the Second World War left the deepest marks on her adult life. During those years, she left her first husband and lost her second. Later, she was interned in a Nazi prison camp, where she discovered Communism and showed great bravery in defending the rights of the Jewish prisoners. It was her Communism which took her back to the Soviet Union as an improbable tour guide for British workers. And Communism, albeit indirectly, brought her the last love of her life, Jack, a working-class Londoner who had never been abroad. Sofka's colourful life also included a close friendship with Laurence Olivier, innumerable lovers, some serious, some quickly discarded, and an abiding love of reading and especially poetry. This affectionate portrait of the 'red princess' by her granddaughter and namesake uses letter, diaries and interviews to recreate a vanished world and also explore the author's own Russian roots.

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ITEM # 2113
PUBLISHED:2008
BINDING: Trade Soft Cover Edition
SIZE: 5-3/4" x 8-3/4"
NO. PAGES: 346
ILLUSTRATIONS: 38 Black & White Photos
LANGUAGE: English

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