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Contemporary Russian Literature Book Group

Sunday, January 12, 1:00-3:00
Free. New members always welcome.
This month’s book: Jacob’s Ladder by Ludmila Ulitskaya

In 1905, the Kyiv pogrom set off a wave of anti-Semitic violence that killed more than 2,000 Jews across the Russian empire. Afterward, Russian Jews faced a choice: either emigrate or assimilate. In Ludmila Ulitskaya’s sprawling novel “Jacob’s Ladder,” a newlywed Jewish couple, Jacob and Maria Ossetsky, eventually choose assimilation, moving from Kyiv to Moscow after the Russian Civil War.