The Sad Mockingbird

Lev & Alexander Shargorodsky


The two successful screen writers Lev and Alexander Shargorodsky are practically the only former Soviet writers who upon emigration to Switzerland successfully landed similar jobs writing TV scripts.

In this book, the Shargorodskys bring alive the travails of a Jewish intellectual in his post-emigration life with flash-backs to his family roots.

Full of caustic humor, the authors present a delightful panorama of Soviet life including the story how their Mother, a high-school teacher of mathematics, was denied the Medal of Achievement because the unprecedented and barbaric attack against the most peaceful Egypt by the Israelis in 1967. The portrait of their grandfather is unforgettable as well.

223 pages