Svetlana (Sveta) Grobman grew up in in Moscow, Russia, in the 1960s-70s. From a very young age, she found herself living in two contradictory worlds: the private world of a Jewish family struggling to live a decent life in a society rife with shortages and Antisemitism; and the public world of an oppressive totalitarian regime.
Despite that, Svetlana was a dreamer who longed to do something significant for her country. Yet as she matured and learned about the persecution of her family and the tragic deaths of her Ukrainian relatives during WWII, she realized that the world around her was built on lies and corruption, and that she needed to be strong just to survive.
Composed of a series of poignant and sometimes humorous stories, The Education of a Traitor not only describes the experience of one Jewish child coming of age at the height of the Cold War, but also helps explain why millions of people chose to leave the Soviet Union when the Iron Curtain finally fell.
"The Education of a Traitor may be read on several different levels: either as a coming-of-age autobiography, or as a wider-ranging portrait of personal survival and growth. Either way, it's about becoming free to live a full life. Exactly how this is achieved is the meat of a hard-hitting and involving story that delivers vignettes of change and survival using a powerful voice and a personal perspective that's hard to put down."
~~ D. Donovan (full review)