Podstrochnik Episode 1

Podstrochnik Episode 1
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Podstrochnik Episode 2
1930 Germany. Signs of fascism have Lilianna and her mother on the move again, this time for Palestine, where a grandmother awaits, and with a new hated step-father, Ludwig, in tow. Within a scant few months, mother and daughter are heading to Paris...without Ludwig.
Podstrochnik Episode 3
To make ends meet, Lilianna's mother opens a puppet theater. Lilianna adjust to her French life, but notices that her mother and father have begun corresponding. By 1934, the two of them begin the long journey back to Moscow.
Podstrochnik Episode 4
  • Lilianna's father wants to instill the virtues of the Soviet system into his daughter, but Lilianna, now 14, does not fit in with the monolithic nature of this new society and struggles to find her voice.
  • Podstrochnik Episode 5
    In Koktebel, Crimea, Lilianna and her mother are invited to stay at the home of the widow of the well-known writer, translator, artist, Maximilian Voloshin. Lilianna, charmed by the surroundings, stays on longer and meets her first love interest, Yura Shakhovsky.
    Podstrochnik Episode 6
    With the backdrop of Stalin's arrests, Lilianna becomes immersed in the richness of school life at the expense of her relationship with her parents. 17 now, she applies for a spot at the highly competitive Institute of Philosophy, Literature and History.
    Podstrochnik Episode 7
    Filled with regret and longing, Lilianna describes the death of her father. Her friendships with poets, artists and radical-minded professors leads to her being brought in for questioning at KGB headquarters.
    Podstrochnik Episode 8
    Lillianna writes her first article about a newly created theater movement and convinces the editor of Moscow Komsomoletz to publish it. Around the same time, the poetess, Marina Tsvetaeva, her latest work unjustifiably rejected, starts a downward spiral leading to her eventual suicide.
    Podstrochnik Episode 9
    The start of World War II. Poverty stricken and fleeing the advancing German troops, Lilianna must choose between helping in the war effort or leaving Moscow with her panic stricken mother. Opting for the latter, they head off to provincial Naberezhnye Chelny, where Lilianna finds work at a local newspaper.
    Podstrochnik Episode 10
    National anti-semitism is on the rise as Lilianna makes a clandestine trip back to Moscow. Her mother stays behind in Naberezhnye Chelny, but the years there were hard on her and soon after returning to the Capital with Lilianna, as the war is ebbing, she dies.
    Podstrochnik Episode 11
    Post-war Russia. Lilianna is invited to a New Year's party where she meets a young director and fledging screenwriter Semyon Lungin. Two weeks later they meet again and from that moment forward they will never part.
    Podstrochnik Episode 12
    Stalin dies and Khrushchev takes power. A thaw on the reign of terror is in the air. Banned books are published. Men and women return from labor camps. Lilianna opines on the arduous nature of intellectual courage.
    Podstrochnik Episode 13
    Lilianna, in her early 40s with two children, finds Astrid Lindgren's "Karlsson On the Roof", which leads to her new life as a translator. Meanwhile, Semyon's writing career finally begins taking off.