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 Simon MORRISON

 

Late in her life, Lina Prokofiev began work on her autobiography. She did not progress beyond an outline and handwritten notes, which are now preserved at the Prokofiev Archive at Goldsmiths, University of London, London. Perhaps in hopes of locating a competent assistant, she also submitted to interviews with journalists, some more successful than others. Her interviewers would insist on learning the details of her years in the Soviet Union, while she preferred to talk about happier times in France, Germany, and the United States. She would also revisit the distant past, harkening back to her relatives in nineteenth-century France, Poland, Russia, and Spain. But these people and places were so long lost that she could no longer hold on to who was who, when was when, or where was where.

Lina Codina in Havana, 1908


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