(From the publisher):
Madonna from Russia is the story of Lily Bourbon, a beautiful, mysterious Russian woman and her different husbands. When we first meet her, she is about to turn ninety-six – the same age as the twentieth century. Newly arrived from the provinces, the young Lily becomes a prostitute working the streets of Petrograd. Soon she is recruited by the Bolsheviks to a higher category of working woman to service the Communist elite. At the age of twenty-three she makes a fortuitous marriage to Andrei Bourbon, poet, Futurist and artistic colleague of Malevich, Mayakovsky, Burliuk and others. One day Bourbon takes some of Lily’s poems to the official children’s newspaper Pionerskaya Pravda. With the aid of an airbrushed and suitably ‘revolutionary’ biography, her poems are published as children’s books. Andrei Bourbon disappears in the purges and Lily becomes poet laureate and an ideal symbol of the Soviet era. After further marriages and the eventual collapse of the dictatorship, Lily manages to escape Russia for the USA where she marries a naive American communist to start all over again ...
Original title: Суперженщина
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest