My horizons stretched profoundly during my research for Who Is to Blame, and I love sharing what I learned.  Join me 4 times a year for a quick get-away into the land of the tsars. Petrovo Potpourri isn’t about me, and it isn’t about things you can buy. It’s about insights you can gain.

You’ll get a kick out of my quarterly e-newsletter (a.k.a. “Smiles Letter”) Petrovo Potpourri if you enjoy

  • 10-minute break from your frazzled day
  • chuckling while you learn
  • jaw-dropping 19th century Russian art
  • Russian proverbs that get twisted in translation
  • historical footnotes
  • Slavic Slapstick
  • notices about free books

Excerpt from the Summer 2017 issue:

Fiddler on the Roof had considerable influence on my selection of a backdrop for my first novel.  Although Fiddler’s setting was 40 years later than the time period of Who Is to Blame, the two share many similarities—prejudice, suppression, rural culture, and the deep-rooted role of religion.

I’m not the only one with a soft spot for Fiddler on the Roof.  The original Broadway production opened in 1965 and held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years, until it was preempted by Grease. Approximately 500 amateur productions of Fiddler are presented every year in the US.

Leonard Nimoy as Tevya

In the Broadway performance, the original lead role Tevye was played by Zero Mostel. Mostel was definitely not happy when Chaim Topol was cast for the role in the 1971 movie. Topol went on to play Tevya over 2700 times on stage. In 1971, Leonard Nimoy played Tevye on stage, quite a different gig from his signature role as Mr. Spock!

Take a look at the entire July-Aug-Sept issue of Petrovo Potpourri

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