GRISHA The Scrivener

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Reviews and Interviews

See Events below for opportunities to meet author Barbara Baer.

Geneva Anderson, ARThound:
"Barbara Baer's amazing novel sheds a unique and yes, a poetic light, on the people who endured the worst of times in Soviet Central Asia, Georgia, and "Mother Russia."
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Judy Stone, film writer and author of "Eye on the World":
"Barbara Baer's amazing novel sheds a unique and yes, a poetic light, on the people who endured the worst of times in Soviet Central Asia, Georgia, and "Mother Russia."


The following words are those of Evgeny Mikaelovich Birger, formerly of Moscow, USSR, for 20 years a resident of Sonoma County:
"The reality is that Barbara covers much of my young years, a really large interval of Soviet history. In the book, the history is as I remember it. The impression of the facts from the 1960s and 1970s sound true to me. In fact, it's amazing how this American woman could understand some processes that boiled in the Soviet pot...Sometimes I feel she's not American, she's Soviet...but she writes better English.

Those of us in that Soviet boiling pot didn't undertand the history as we were living it but it looks as if Barbara did understand. This book reminds me of a quilt, some pieces are amazingly precise, some pieces are very painful. Certain emotions come to me which I actually don't want to remember. She writes about certain things the way we Russians would use the words. I appreciate this book because we are happy that people who value our values, tell about life in the Soviet Union as it was, and that was not pleasant, so this book is important. This book is short but it covers important issues."


"Grisha: The Scrivener, a quick but satisfying read." Sarah Peyton for the Press Democrat
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A Novel Idea, October 14, 2009, with Rosemary Manchester interviewing Barbara Baer about "Grisha the Scrivener."
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December Events

Opportunities to meet and hear GRISHA readings by author Barbara Baer.

December 1, 2009, Tuesday Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, 7 PM
Local author and publisher Baer's elegant novella Grisha the Scrivener tells the story of Gregory Gregorovich Samidze, an exiled Georgian journalist who keeps his head down under oppressive Soviet dominion while maintaining his own identity. Visit Copperfield's Books.

December 10, 2009, Thursday Readers' Books, Sonoma, 7:30PM
Rarely if ever have we read such a beautifully written tale of the misery and nostalgia that suffused the old Soviet Union. "Grisha the Scrivener" is a jewel, a prism spanning twenty-six years of one Gregory Gregorovich Samidze, an exiled Georgian journalist who knows how to keep his head down under the iron fist of Communism while still maintaining his own identity. Baer's intertwining tales of political intrigue, forbidden love, and the fierce bonds of family and friendship will haunt you for a long time. Visit Readers' Books.