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The Matryoshka Doll

By Eugenia Miroshnikoff - ISBN: 9781922701602

RRP: $36.95

The Matryoshka Doll
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Eugenia was born in Harbin - China. Growing up in a Russian household with pre-revolutionary morals and philosophies, her upbringing was steeped in Russian Orthodoxy and imbued in Russian history and ancestry. Eugenia is the granddaughter of Colonel Ivan Savin, who fought in the White Army against the Bolsheviks, and is why Eugenia wrote this book. 

Eugenia's family was compelled to leave Harbin when she was five. They journeyed to Brasil, where Eugenia grew up and received her education, aspiring to become a doctor. With political instability, the family, afraid the country was declining into Communism, began to look for a stable government. At fourteen, Eugenia was whisked away to a faraway land - Australia. Her teenage years in an unfamiliar country proved daunting, and Eugenia realised that she had to turn her back on her dreams, her beloved Brasil and everything dear to her, to concentrate on adapting to her new surroundings.

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The Matryoshka Doll

By Eugenia Miroshnikoff - ISBN: 9781922701602

RRP: $36.95

The Matryoshka Doll is a memoir depicting one family's struggles and triumphs.

Tatiana is the daughter of a Russian Imperial Colonel, Ivan Georgievitch Savin; and finds her family is swept into the ravages of the Russian Revolution and the Civil War that follows. Tatiana's idyllic life is altered forever. The 1917 Revolution sweeps through Russia setting in motion the political and social reforms that lead to the formation of the Soviet Union. With the downfall of Imperial Russia, Ivan takes his family out of Russia. They journey to Harbin in China with devastating and heartbreaking events across the trail, leaving three children destitute. The terror of Communism comes to Harbin when the Soviet Russian Army liberates Harbin from Japanese rule. Tatiana, now married with children, is about to relive the horrors of Communism once again. They flee to Brasil to start a new life and survive the agony of their past.

A decade later, Communism becomes a threat in Brasil. My mother, Tatiana again flees with us to find sanctuary and hope somewhere safe. At the age of fourteen, I leave my beloved Brasil behind, and I am catapulted into an unknown world.

This is a chronicle of my own beautiful life in China, Brasil and now in Australia, thanks to my courageous family and the unthinkable sacrifices made to survive...

“A classic tale of truth and pain through decades of family history that seems too real to be true and too sad to be considered anything else… A narrative of heartfelt words that draws you in like hypnotic road accidents and then leaves you suspended in held breath with every page that flips past you… Wonderful and inspiring…” Karen, Indie Books reviewer 


2023 Gold Awards - Matryoshka Doll NSW Premier+39s Award - The Matryoshka Doll NSW Premier+39s Award - The Matryoshka Doll

2023 MargColin Awards - Matryoshka Doll 

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