"The past for me is a life that came to an end a long time ago, a half-forgotten dream, a fairy tale I heard somewhere"


This series explores themes of youth and exile in the South Caucasus through the memoirs of Franco-Azerbaijani writer Banine. 


Banine was born into a family of wealthy oil magnates in early 20th century Baku and enjoyed a privileged, albeit lonely childhood. However, soon after the Bolsheviks seized power in 1920, the family's assets were confiscated and the family itself forced into exile. 


As Banine became more and more accustomed to life in Paris, her childhood in the Caucasus increasingly ressembled a half-forgotten dream.

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