Between Two Tyrants: One Family's Journey from Stalin's Russia to Hitler's Labor Camps
Marina Antropow Cramer
Author of ROADS: A Novel
Presentation and book signing
Join us to hear Marina Antropow Cramer discuss her first novel, ROADS, and explore its historical context. Set in the Soviet Union and Germany, Roads is the story of one family’s struggles to survive in the closing years of World War II, enduring the horrors of war and its wrenching aftermath. In a time when every aspect of life is uncertain and rules change with relentless regularity, everything - including loyality, honor, and love - is redefined.
Cramer will offer a book talk about the historical backdrop for the events depicted in the novel, which is based in part on family experiences. Combining anecdotal sources with intensive research and a dose of imagination, the presentation will focus on the need to tell this frequently overlooked aspect of World War II history, and about what happened to ordinary Russians who lived through the Nazi occupation of their homeland. The program will include a reading of passages from the text, and a book signing.
Born in postwar Germany into a family of Russian refugees, Marina Antropow Cramer has enjoyed the benefit of lifelong ties to the Russian expatriate community on both sides of the Atlantic.
She holds a BA in English from Upsala College. Her work has been performed by Roselee Blooston's Short Story Theater, as part of the non-profit Tunnel Vision Writers' Project, which showcased spoken word, music, and visual art projects. Cramer's stories have appeared online in Blackbird, Istanbul Literary Review, and Wilderness House Literary Review.
Cramer has pursued many lines of work in the course of her career, including waitress, fabric store manager, traveling saleswoman, telephone fundraiser, used book dealer, business owner, and bookseller. She owned and operated The Cup and Chaucer Bookstore in Montclair, NJ, for sixteen years, then worked for Watchung Booksellers for the next twelve. She left bookselling in 2014 to focus on writing full-time, and now lives in New York's Hudson Valley. Roads is her first novel.
Between Two Tyrants will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218 in the Dominican Center. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
Presented by Kaplan Family Library; the Divisions of Education, Social Sciences, and Arts & Letters, and the First Year Experience Program.
Approved for FYE College Connection credit - all are welcome!