On The Pink Sofa – Let’s Talk: Books


I made this collage to go with the theme I have in mind, which is to sit down on the sofas like I would do with a friend at home, a cuppa in the hand and we would just nat away. Yep, typical for the female of the species. Mind you, when the men open their treasure-chest of words; let’s say, they absolutely flood the place with the vocabulary of their knowledge on the matters! In plain English: There is no end to it, in other words. What I have in mind is things like a good or an interesting book, an article in a magazine or in a newspaper and stuff like that that we can natter about and comment.

I have just awhile ago finished reading a most interesting book about ‘The Women in the Kremlin‘ by a Russian author called, Larisa Vasiljeva. This book seems to be only in Finnish or in Russian which is such a shame as many of you would find this book and all the portraits of the women most intruiging. In Russian the book is called: ‘Kremljovskije zony,’ and in Finnish which I read, ‘Kremlin naiset’ (Otava, Keuruu1994).

Here is a photograph of the Kremlin, the word ‘kremlin’ meaning: fortress, citadel. Kremlin got its name in 1331 and here is their official web site. There are 20 towers of which the highest one is 71 meters in height, and there also three cathedrals in the area of the Kremlin in the overall area of 68 acres. Wikipedia has excellent things on nearly everything possible and here is via them the President of Russia’s Official Web Portal on the Kremlin and here is a snippet of this most interesting of sites:

“The Kremlin was the place where the Russian state was formed. It was and remains the heart of the country’s political life and the center of its culture and history. In medieval times, the Kremlin was the place where the issue of succession to the throne was decided, where the Boyar Duma held its sessions and where the Church held its councils. Russian tsars were crowned in the Annunciation Cathedral, even once the capital had been shifted to St. Petersburg. By this time the Kremlin’s state role had diminished somewhat, but its significance as the heart of the country remained unchanged.

Russia’s rulers strove to strengthen the Kremlin’s status as the residence of the sovereigns of a great nation. After the tumult of the early 20th century, Moscow became the capital once again. From 1918, the Kremlin was once more the center of state and political life and the seat of the highest state institutions. Since 1991, the Kremlin has been the residence of the Russian President.”

I visited Moscow years ago and I do remember for example this collection of the English Silver at the Court of the Czars that was shown to us at the time. Here are some other collections of the Kremlin. We had to be in there as if it was the most sacred of all the sacred places on earth.

This author, Larisa Vasiljeva – unfortunately there is nothing of her in English at all – begins her narrative all the way from Lenin and his wife Nadezda Krupskaja, then on to Stalin and his wife Nadezda Allilujeva to the more modern ones like Raisa Gorbatsova. Plenty of mistresses are mentioned and also the tales of many other colourful women: mothers, sisters, daughters, wives of these men at the very top of the power structure in Russia and the CCCP.

Tis for now. Riihele xx.

I have also read a book by Jean Sasson called, ‘Mayada’ some time back. And, just for the record, I don’t only read books by women about women as there a few months ago I finished a book by a ‘martian about mars’ – a man wrote about his life in the French Foreign Legion – written with all the worst blood & gore and utmost horror, that only a martian can think of!! It was good, though. I liked it as it was well-written and interesting. Another link – the official site for the Legion – in French.


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