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What Language Do I Dream In?

(2016)
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Elena Lappin's life could be described as 'five languages in search of an author'. She now lives in London, but she was born in Russia and has lived in Czechoslovakia, Germany, Israel, Canada, and the United States. As a multiple emigre, her decision to write in English was the unexpected result of many wanderings, and this memoir tells the story of finding a voice in a language that is not one's own. Russian, Czech, German, Hebrew, and finally English: how do they, and the family roots and cultures they represent define who she is, and how has adopting English allowed her to be a writer?

The story of Lappin's identity is unexpectedly complicated by the discovery, in middle age, that her biological father was an American living in Russia. Their encounter introduces an element of mystery to the search for her roots, and a surprise: suddenly, English is more than the accidental 'home in exile' - it is the language she may have been close to from the very beginning.



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Hardback Editions

February 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: What Language Do I Dream In?: A Memoir
Author(s): Elena Lappin
ISBN: 1-61902-911-1 / 978-1-61902-911-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: What Language Do I Dream In?: A Memoir
Author(s): Elena Lappin
ISBN: 0-349-00820-5 / 978-0-349-00820-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: What Language Do I Dream In?: My Family's Secret History
Author(s): Elena Lappin
ISBN: 1-84408-578-3 / 978-1-84408-578-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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March 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: What Language Do I Dream In?
Author(s): Elena Lappin
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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February 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: What Language Do I Dream In?: A Memoir
Author(s): Elena Lappin
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: What Language Do I Dream In?: A Memoir
Author(s): Elena Lappin
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU