“Samosov stood there gloomily, watching the deacon with the incense and thinking, ‘Go on, swing that incense, swing that incense! Think you can swing yourself into a bishopric? Some hope!”” A Radiant Easter, Nadezhda Teffi
Growing up with the stories of Tolstoy and Pushkin, she published her first story, ‘The Day Has Passed’, in 1905. During the years of the Russian Revolution (1905-07), her stories became spiked with political comment, with most her barbs directed at the Tsarist government. She became a contributor to the Bolshevik journal, Novaya Zhizn (New Life).
Due to her political activism she was exiled from Russia after the October Revolution in 1919. Fleeing initially to Istanbul she eventually settled in Paris and began to write for Russian magazines there. Producing short-story and poetry collections, Paris was also where she completed her only novel, An Adventure Novel (1932).
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