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March 7, 2014

Guest Post by J. Nelle Patrick: The Russia of TSARINA vs. the Russia of Today

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J. Nelle Patrick's latest book, TSARINA, follows Natalya, a young noblewoman who falls in love with Tsarevich Alexei at a ball in early 20th Century St. Petersburg, discovers a magical egg hidden deep in the palace and finds herself caught in the upheaval of pre-Revolution Russia. The novel expertly portrays both the sumtuous wealth and the political terror of the time...but how does 1917 Russia compare to the Russia of today? Check out J. Nelle Patrick's fun blog post to see some surprising commonalities! 
 

 

Natalya’s Russia:
FULL OF FABULOUS CLOTHES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current Russia:
FULL OF FABULOUS CLOTHES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Natalya’s Russia:
Your favorite pet is ORTINO, Olga’s French bulldog.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current Russia:
 
Your favorite pet is the RACCOON DOG. Actually, these aren’t really pets. But they are real, and they do live in Siberia, and supposedly these are wild dogs that just look like raccoons, but I think they’re some sort of magical creature and I bet they talk when no one’s looking.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Natalya’s Russia:
 
There are not-so-wild wild animals! The Romanov family has a lovely game reserve where deer and birds and adorable fauna eat out of your hand and make you feel like a Disney princess.
(I couldn’t find a photo of this, but I’m nearly certain this is what it looked like, only with more snow.)
 
 
 
 
Current Russia:
 
There are not-so-wild wild animals! The Olympic mascot makes you feel sort of afraid, but also super impressed at how awesome Russia’s puppeteers are. I can barely make a paper bag puppet, but these guys not only made a three-story-tall bear puppet, but they made it cry a single tear. YOU GO, Russian puppeteers.