My Father's Daughter

My Father's Daughter

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How does a daughter tell the story of her father? Sheila Fitzpatrick was taught from an early age to question authority. She learnt it from her father, the journalist and radical historian Brian Fitzpatrick. But very soon, she began to turn her questioning gaze on him. Teasing apart the many layers of memory, Fitzpatrick reveals a complex portrait of an Australian family against a Cold War backdrop. As her relationship with her father fades from girlhood adoration to adolescent scepticism, she flees Melbourne for Oxford to start a new life. But it's not so easy to escape being her father's daughter. My Father's Daughter is a vivid evocation of an Australian childhood; a personal memoir told with the piercing insight of a historian.The mind boggles at the amount of elegant ambivalence I managed to squeeze into this short essay, which simultaneously gave the back of the hand to those western Sovietologists whose ranks I was planning to join and put my father in hisanbsp;...

Title:My Father's Daughter
Author:Sheila Fitzpatrick
Publisher:Melbourne Univ. Publishing - 2010


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