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By Francine du Plessix Gray

ISBN-10: 0143037196

ISBN-13: 9780143037194

ISBN-10: 1594200491

ISBN-13: 9781594200496

Tatiana du Plessix, the spouse of a French diplomat, was once a stunning, refined "white Russian" who were the inspiration of the well-known Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Alexander Liberman, the bold son of a popular Russian Jew, used to be a talented journal editor and aspiring artist. As a part of the innovative inventive Russian émigré neighborhood residing in Paris within the Nineteen Thirties, the 2 have been destined to satisfy. They started a passionate affair, and the yr after Paris was once occupied in international warfare II they fled to manhattan with Tatiana's younger daughter, Francine.

There they determinedly rose to the head of excessive society, preserving courtroom to a who is Who record of the midcentury's intellectuals and entertainers. Flamboyant and outrageous, daring and fabulous, they have been impossible to resist to associates like Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dalí, and the publishing rich person Condé Nast. yet to people who knew them good they have been additionally hugely neurotic, narcissistic, and glacially self-promoting, at risk of reduce out in their lives, with surgical precision, shut associates who have been not of use to them.

Tatiana grew to become an icon of latest York style, and the hats she designed for Saks 5th road have been de rigueur for sophisticated girls all over. Alexander Liberman, who devotedly raised Francine as his personal baby from the time she used to be 9, ultimately got here to preside over the full Condé Nast empire. The glamorous lifestyles they shared was once either artistic and harmful and was once marked through a good bond cast out in their hugely charged love and raging self-centeredness. Their obsessive adulation of good fortune and style used to be increased to a type of worship, and the excessive drama that characterised their lives them to their deaths. Tatiana, more and more fed on with nostalgia for a long-lost Russia, spent her final years hooked on painkillers. presently after her demise, Alexander, then age 80, surprised all who knew him through marrying her nurse.

Them: A Portrait of Parents is a superbly written homage to the intense lives of 2 attention-grabbing, irrepressible those who have been better than existence logos of a bygone age. Written with honesty and beauty by way of the person that knew them top, this generational saga is a survivor's tale. Tatiana and Alexander survived the Russian Revolution, the autumn of France, and New York's manufacturing unit of status. Their daughter, Francine, survived them.

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