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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Glagoslav Publications Ltd. (July 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909156132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909156135
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Slavic Lit Fan on July 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book may be a little misleading, so just to clarify it doesn't have a religious theme. It's more a coming of age story based on Kochergin's experiences on the run from various state orphanages in search of his long lost mother. It's an incredible story: every other page you find yourself amazed that somebody so young (he was seven when he first struck out onto the railroads on his own) managed to survive such a journey. He not only has to escape the transport militia ("toadstools"), but thieves, paedophiles and beggars that purposely maim children in order to make money from them on the streets.

Because he's a child, a lot of the story is intensely affecting: his tragic life is difficult to read about at times. However, Kochergin's memory for characters and his ability to mix this tragedy with humour make the book extremely interesting, and not only for those with an interest in this period or the Soviet Union/Russia. On his way from Siberia to Leningrad he meets people of many different nationalities, from Kazakh `forest dwellers', who show him how to survive in the wild, to a skilled Chinese artist, who helps him develop his artistic talents in return for food and board.

Kochergin's encounters with authority figures also provide rich fodder for his characterisations: teachers, carers, cooks and security guards working in the various orphanages and schools he becomes part of are often colourful (not least in their language!) The story has a deeply human quality: Christened By Crosses essentially paints a portrait of a nation struggling to deal with the aftereffects of war, whether psychological or harshly physical (as in the case of the returning war veterans with their often horrifically mutilated bodies).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on December 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I enjoy this time period in history and am very interested in people who survived or escaped the evils of Communism.

This is the author's story of his childhood from when he was about 6 to 12. He starts in an orphanage in Siberia, escapes and spends the intervening years making his way across the country to his hometown of St. Petersburg (Leningrad) where he hopes to find his mother who was imprisoned during the war as a public enemy. At first I had thought this was going to be a Christian book because of the title but it is in no form that way inclined. The author explains in a brief foreword about his title ending with "The expression is capacious and ambiguous." The author is Polish Roman Catholic but that has little to do with the tale except for some cultural differences between him and the Orthodox Russians. I was a little disappointed at first, since I'd been expecting a Christian tale, but it had no affects on my enjoyment of the story.

Of course the author had a rough and tough childhood with the worst of it being in the orphanages he stayed. The one in Siberia being the worst of the worst; where the children were treated inhumanely. A good portion of the beginning is dedicated to this time of his life and here we find the reminiscences of an old man remembering when he was six to be vague. Rather than telling a story, the book starts off with vignettes and assorted remembrances that may or may not be in chronological order. I found this part of the book slow and thus hard to get into. However once he escapes and grows a bit the story starts to take on more coherence and reads more like a book, rather than snippets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seeker on June 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I found this book by accident.

This is a story of a Russian-Polish boy born in 1937, who's parents were arrested as spies before WWII. He was sent to the orphanage, which looked like a prison, but he managed to escape. Eduard Kochergin, the author, tells how he lived the life of a homeless but courageous and inventive kid, who had the big goal--to come back home.

Touching and inspiring.
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