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Nadezhda Teffi

4 contributions found for Russian Life and/or Chtenia.

NADEZHDA TEFFI (pseudonym of Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya, 1872-1952) was a literary superstar in pre-revolutionary Russia, whose witty, pointed, but unoffensive stories about the absurdities of life were memorized and quoted as soon as they were published, and whose legions of fans included all echelons of Russian society. In emigration she wrote about the many incongruities she observed in the Russian émigré community; these stories were pirated in Russia, where they were used to advance the thesis that the Russian émigrés were rotting away due to the emptiness and hopelessness of their lives. In response, Teffi wrote a public letter insisting that Soviets cease and desist; they did, but they also did not publish any of her stories at all for nearly fifty years.

The Guillotine

Chtenia: Winter 2017
A propoundly moving and blackly-humorous story about revolution and its sheep led to slaughter.
Author: Nadezhda Teffi
Translator: Rose France


Chtenia: Summer 2014
An illiterate peasant woman receives a letter from her son at the front.
Author: Nadezhda Teffi
Translator: Anne Marie Jackson

A Spring Miracle

Chtenia: Spring 2014
A story of romance and spring.
Author: Nadezhda Teffi
Translator: Maria Bloshteyn

Que Faire?

Chtenia: Spring 2014
One of Teffi's best known stories offers a humorous take on emigre attitudes toward Paris.
Author: Nadezhda Teffi
Translator: Clare Kitson