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A Memory of Lies

Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Negotiating their way through Stalinist terrors, Nazi slavery, and British colonial brutality, Pasha Zayky and his wife, Tanya, tell firsthand how a loving family fight for survival during the hell of the 20th century.    

Listeners follow this family from a war-torn Berlin to a forbidding postwar London, with flashbacks to 1930s Soviet Russia along the way, until they arrive in Africa, where nationalist forces are challenging British rule. Returning to the glamour and menace of 1960s London, a grandson, Misha, is born and raised by his baboushka Tanya. 

With Misha taking over as narrator, the story ends with a chance meeting in the Russian city of Krasnodar in the early 1990s.  

Throughout their struggle, Pasha and Tanya embrace each prevailing dogma, subtly editing their backstory accordingly, but at the cost of stealing the truth from subsequent generations. We are left to wonder, how many memories are merely lies?

©2019 Johnnie Gallop (P)2019 Johnnie Gallop

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  • 07-02-19

so good - downed it in 2 sessions!

begs for the sequel - as audiobook please! The story intertwined with so much contemporary history brings together a span of knowledge that must is only know in fragments. The characters all so different, with their descendants cleverly only sketched so that must wait for the next book. What more can possibly happen to them!!

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  • david east
  • 06-30-19

A terrific, twisting turning story!

Full of zest, the story carries you through time lines in twentieth century history, living with the characters as they travel through there incredible lives.
A great story brilliantly brought to life!