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Read Vladivostok on pebbles
Nelly Miz's book "Vladivostok: walks into the past" invites you to an exciting historical journey through the streets, squares, houses, fates and characters of the seaside capital
"Vladivostok: walking into the past." Nelli Mizi, Society for the Study of the Amur Region.
Author and project and publisher: Alexander Filkin
Imagine a stately plump woman with two orders on her chest, a clever look and a strong fold of lips - this is Anna Kravtsova. Prior to arriving in Vladivostok, she led the choir at the St. Petersburg Patriotic Institute, then moved after her military husband to the outskirts of Russia and stayed here as head of the Alekseevskaya Women's High School for more than 20 years. And when she fell seriously ill in 1922, she wasn’t needed by the new Soviet government and was practically thrown out onto the street. She emigrated to China, worked there in a Russian school and died in Shanghai. And the building of the women's gymnasium still pleases the eye on Uborevicha Street, 8.
Or here: a whole bunch of players in the lotto in a stuffy little room in the building of the Assembly of clerks. "... Balzac's ladies and skinny girls, wives of officials and employees who receive pennies and huddle in the Korean and Sailor suburbs. Attracts them here ... hope, joking, to take advantage of other people's money. " This is happening in the present Pushkin Theater.
But "tipsy local merchants" for the first time in their life see a demonstration of the cinema and are betting that "actors are playing behind the canvas, and they are being fooled ..." The cinema is shown in a building that has not been preserved to this day at the intersection of Svetlanskaya and Uborevich.
And very close (in time and space) enterprising Swiss Rudolf Bürgen voluntarily renounces Swiss citizenship and swears the oath of the Russian Empire and the tsar. He builds factories and houses in Vladivostok. And then, in 1920-ies, he fled from the Soviet power to China with his Russian wife and 17 children. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren of whom will return to Vladivostok only in the 21st century - as ordinary tourists from Geneva. Look at the houses that Grandfather built.
Or the merchant Ivanov, a desperate business man. He is engaged in "business without a penny of money in his pocket"; On the eve of declaring him insolvent, he builds "that brewery, then the hall for theatrical performances", then he looks for a silver mine. Despite his adventurous nature, he will still build a magnificent theater "Pacific Ocean". Luxurious building on Svetlanskaya, 1 ...
Inattentive reader of the book Nelly Miz "Vladivostok: walking into the past" can decide that this book is about buildings and streets. He may even seem that the author has set himself a rather ambitious (but rather meaningless) task to "disassemble" Vladivostok in pebbles, in bricks. To document every least significant construction built before the year 1917, to fix an endless series of construction projects, renovations, demolitions, new construction projects and new destruction.
However, like any good book, the work of Nelly Miz'i - with a double bottom. Of course, this book is not about houses and architecture (although about them too), but about people and fates.
Perfectly published, richly illustrated, this book takes the reader by the arm and leads along the streets of old Vladivostok, simultaneously telling about the fates of people, leading extensive quotes from documents and newspapers. This book is an excellent companion and guide to the past.
The pages seem to come alive bright characters from the past and again populate the city, which in fact no longer exists. That city will disappear after 20-ies of XX century ... Then fate will make a sharp turn, and in Vladivostok will start to live quite different people - with other values, landmarks, attitudes.
And the city will forget itself for a long time, as if it will be forgotten by a dream - and only now, in the twenty-first century, it suddenly remembers what its true flesh and blood actually is: healthy adventurism, entrepreneurship, creative initiative, openness to the whole world, pride and perseverance of the discoverer .
And buildings? They are still like mirrors of their time and their masters: some sparkle and flourish in spite of time and adversity, and others die without even being born.