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10 exciting autobiographies and memories

There is nothing more interesting than the life of a person, his childhood, growing up, falling in love, the people who surround him, the cities he has visited, his progress, his illusions, his defeats and victories. We have collected ten exciting books, memoirs, and the freshest, and already tried by time ...

“Farewell to Illusions”, Vladimir Pozner

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“Farewell to Illusions”, Vladimir Pozner

The autobiography of the famous journalist Vladimir Pozner, which he wrote twenty-one years ago in English. In America, the book became famous for twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Pozner completed his translation of his memoirs into Russian only by 2008. Vladimir Pozner had an exciting life going on, during which he lived in different countries, adapted and dissidented, met interesting people, changed opinions ... Vladimir Pozner writes about himself and the era honestly and openly, admitting that he is parting from the very beginning with illusions.

M Train, Patti Smith

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M Train, Patti Smith

The second book of the memoirs of the punk-rock godmother (Patty received the National Book Award for the book “Just Children”) is collected from short, almost impressionistic essays, memories of people, travels. Sometimes Patty pushes off a particular thing and spins the thread of the story, touching everything: reality and dreams, art and people dear to her.

"Coat with strap", Mikhail Shishkin

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 "Coat with strap", Mikhail Shishkin

The author of The Letter, The Capture of Ishmael and Hair Venus, winner of the Big Book, Russian Booker and National Bestseller awards, wrote a warm, very personal book consisting of various essays. Most importantly, Shishkin devoted the most touching and most powerful to his mother and brought it to the title of the book. The author has repeatedly admitted that his works are autobiographical. Many essays from this short form collection are pure memories.

"The Belfast. Romantic Chronicle ", Boris Messerer

"The Belfast. Romantic Chronicle ", Boris Messerer

Memoirs of the artist Boris Messerer, in which he recalls his childhood, father and mother, sister - the great ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. Joseph Brodsky, Vasily Aksyonov, Sergey Paradzhanov - many great names of the 60-70s sound in the book.But most importantly, Messerer speaks in detail and subtly about the woman with whom she spent forty years of her life - about the poetess Bella Akhmadulina, her little shot, her poetry.

"Duri's still enough," Stephen Fry

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 "Duri's still enough," Stephen Fry

The third volume is amazing and rich with incredible events in the life of English actor and writer Stephen Fry. The author is frank to the limit, he writes about drugs and about bipolar disorder, about the stars of show business and members of the royal family. Stepping on the path of utmost sincerity, Fry does not cease to be smart, charming and ironic. As a result, this book, consisting of amazing tales and scandalous anecdotes, turns into a description of the path that a man went to himself.

“I'm not like that,” Lena Dunham

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 “I'm not like that,” Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham, screenwriter, director and performer of the lead role in the TV series “Girls”, as well as one of the bright near-kinematographic figures of her generation, wrote a book to herself. In essence, this is a new look at the same topics that Lena voiced in “Girls” and in her first film “Tiny Furniture”. Lena speaks honestly and ironically about the generation of fathers and the generation of children, about feminism, about body-positive, about the acceptance of her body and infantilism.

"In my place. The Story of One Fracture ”, Evgenia Voskoboinikova, Anastasia Chukovskaya

 "In my place. The Story of One Fracture ”, Evgenia Voskoboinikova, Anastasia Chukovskaya

Memories of a model, a leading public figure, Evgenia Voskoboinikova, recorded by journalist Anastasia Chukovskaya.

At twenty-two, Eugene got into a car accident and was in a wheelchair, but did not give up, but began to fight. Now she works on the TV channel "Rain", is engaged in social projects, inspires and motivates by example. - about what she had to go through, - says in the book.

“My life in art”, Konstantin Stanislavsky

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 “My life in art”, Konstantin Stanislavsky

The memoirs and reflections of the great Russian actor, director, teacher and theater reformer will be interesting even to those who are not too interested in theatrical life. Stanislavsky enthusiastically and captivatingly describes a cross-section of two centuries, telling both about his own childhood and about great contemporaries (Anton Chekhov, Maxim Gorky, Leo Tolstoy), and about his honest, deep approach to art.

“An ant in a glass jar. The Chechen Diaries 1994–2004 ”, Polina Zherebtsova

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 “An ant in a glass jar. The Chechen Diaries 1994–2004 ”, Polina Zherebtsova

The documentary book is a diary of the girl Polina Zherebtsova, living in the city of Grozny, dedicated to the first Chechen war.The genres here have merged: this is a personal diary, and the history of growing up, and military prose, and the true document of the era. Polina wrote in her notebook for ten years: from nine to nineteen years. This "writing" helped, as Polina later said, who became a well-known documentary writer, survive the horrors of the war, throw them out of herself.

"Return Address: Self-portrait", Alexander Genis

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 "Return Address: Self-portrait", Alexander Genis

The famous writer Alexander Genis travels through his memory, looking to different cities (Lugansk, Kiev, Ryazan, Riga, Paris, New York) and remembering the most interesting people (Sergei Dovlatov, Peter Weil, Joseph Brodsky). The author leads the story with his characteristic humor and metaphor. For example, about the whims of his memory, Genis says: “My memory is capricious. She strikes years and facts, but stubbornly insists on little things like country jasmine, which in America does not know how to smell. She is as funny as a first grader. She does not sit still, gets tired of the middle and spits on the important. “Write only about what’s pricking,” she said, until I obeyed.

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