The Madonnas of Leningrad Topics for Discussion

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Search out and discuss the various parallels between events, images and themes in the "Tour Guide" sections and the past/present sections of the narrative.

Search out and discuss the various parallels between events, images and themes in the "Tour Guide" sections and the past/present sections of the narrative.

Given the parallel experiences (of pregnancy) and interests (in art) of Helen and Marina, there seems to be a metaphoric link between the act of becoming pregnant/giving birth and art. What do you think that metaphor might be suggesting? What do you think the author means by creating that link?

Discuss an experience in which you discovered a surprising truth about your parents or grandparents (as Helen does about hers). How did knowledge of that experience change your feelings and/or perceptions about them? How did that knowledge change your feelings and/or understandings of yourself...

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