Author: Pavel Dolohov
Title: Leningrad, Tiflis…
“LENINGRAD,TIFLIS…” – THIS IS A FAMILY SAGA WHICH SPANS AN ENTIRE EPOCH, FROM THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF THE 21ST. THE FIRST NOVEL OF THE WELL-KNOWN ARCHEOLOGIST, PAVEL DOLOHOV PERFECTLY ILLUSTRATES THE OLD SAYING THAT A TALENTED PERSON IS TALENTED IN ALL.
Written in a very easy graceful style and containing an absolutely fascinating plot, it is impossible to put this kind, and at times heartwarming book down. It is historical fiction at it’s best. A trove of characters, extensive geography, a mass of historical details, but the most important thing is certainly not any of these; the most important thing in this book is love. Love for the sake of which it is necessary to go through all the horrors of the “iron” century.
This book contains a chilling juxtaposition of a warm family saga about an Armenian family from Tiflis (modern Tbilisi) in Georgia, and the stark reality of the Stalinist purges and “disappearances.” It chronicles 4 generations that begin their existence under a Tsar and end it under a Russian democracy. What occurs in between is a Kafkaesque horror tempered by familial love.
Dolohov’s novel allows the reader to intimately know the beautiful, warm, decadent world of Tiflis, as well as the equally ugly, cold, squalid world of Stalin’s Soviet Union, all filtered through the eyes of one incredible, loving, tragic family.