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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First Edition edition (Sept. 18 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771014503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771014505
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #669,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald D'Haene on June 18 2003
Format: Hardcover
Author Sandra Birdsell's tale reveals how an old woman now living in Canada recalls her dark past. Readers will revel in how Birdsell evokes a time and place that they rarely, if ever have even heard about: how a Mennonite community was devasted by the Russian Revolution.
Birdsell herself was born and raised in Manitoba, the 5th of 10 children and her family's origins trace back to Russia. Says Birdsell, "Twenty years ago, my great-uncle self-published his memoirs. In reading it, I realized what kind of a life my grandparents had before they came to Canada. I tried to write a short story - I wasn't wise or old enough. It's a book I had to grow into."
Birdsell began writing in '82 at the age of 40. The Russländer, her third novel, is a realistic, balanced portrayal of a group of people, written from the point of view of a religious sect, their beliefs and disbeliefs. It's not a Christian book, but the people are devout Christians.
This novel was written for a secular audience, but to state that The Russländer requires concentrated focus is an understatement. Fortunately, the effort will be rewarded. Birdsell writes with an uncanny knack for observation and detail.
In 2001, The Russländer won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction, the Saskatchewan Book Award for Book of the Year, the Regina Book Award, and was a finalist for the Giller Prize.
In 2003, it deserves a second look.
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As a student of Canadian Literature I had never been exposed to the writings of Sandra Birdsell. As an instructor i will now offer The Russlander to my third year class. They are bound to be delighted.
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Requires concentrated focus June 18 2003
By Donald D'Haene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Author Sandra Birdsell's tale reveals how an old woman now living in Canada recalls her dark past. Readers will revel in how Birdsell evokes a time and place that they rarely, if ever have even heard about: how a Mennonite community was devasted by the Russian Revolution.
Birdsell herself was born and raised in Manitoba, the 5th of 10 children and her family's origins trace back to Russia. Says Birdsell, "Twenty years ago, my great-uncle self-published his memoirs. In reading it, I realized what kind of a life my grandparents had before they came to Canada. I tried to write a short story - I wasn't wise or old enough. It's a book I had to grow into."
Birdsell began writing in '82 at the age of 40. The Russländer, her third novel, is a realistic, balanced portrayal of a group of people, written from the point of view of a religious sect, their beliefs and disbeliefs. It's not a Christian book, but the people are devout Christians.
This novel was written for a secular audience, but to state that The Russländer requires concentrated focus is an understatement. Fortunately, the effort will be rewarded. Birdsell writes with an uncanny knack for observation and detail.
In 2001, The Russländer won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction, the Saskatchewan Book Award for Book of the Year, the Regina Book Award, and was a finalist for the Giller Prize.
In 2003, it deserves a second look.
A historical gem May 29 2013
By Hermine Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this novel about the life of a young Mennonite girl growing up through a tumultuous time in history. The characters and setting are vividly drawn, and this novel will appeal to anyone who appreciates historical fiction. Sandra Birdsell does an excellent job of weaving together, character, setting and plot.
Russlander May 3 2013
By Heavenly Days - Published on Amazon.com
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A riveting novel of the persecution of Germans living in Russian during the 1800's and their escape to Canada.
Riveting discriptions of the German-Russian farms, the history of how Germans came to live in Russia, and their persecution after the revolution.
Good summer read if you like history of Russia and Ukraine.
To find our more about Germans from Russia go to Germans from Russia Historical Society (GRHS) web site, located in Bismarck ND.

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