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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". Nelly Miz, 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 horde of bingo players in a stuffy room in the building of the Clerks' Meeting. “... Balzac ladies and skinny girls, wives of officials and employees, receiving pennies and huddling in the Korean and Sailor settlements. They are attracted here <...> the hope, jokingly, to use other people's money. " This is happening in the current 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 here is the merchant Ivanov, a desperate businessman. He is engaged in "entrepreneurship without a penny in his pocket"; on the eve of declaring him insolvent, he builds "either a brewery, or a hall for theatrical performances," then he looks for a silver mine. Despite his adventurous character, he will nevertheless rebuild the magnificent Pacific Ocean Theater. 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, Nelly Miz's work has a double bottom. Of course, this book is not about houses and architecture (although about them too), but about people and destinies.
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.
On the pages, bright characters from the past seem to come to life and again populate the city, which in fact no longer exists. That city will disappear after the 20s of the XX century ... Then fate will make a sharp turn, and completely different people will live in Vladivostok - with different 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.