The Genius Under the Table: growing up behind the Iron Curtain
by Eugene Yelchin
This autobiography of the artist and illustrator as a child growing up in the Soviet Union feels like life. Yevgeny, as he was called as a child, struggled with understanding the world around him. It is quite a world; Leningrad in the 1960’s. He is an ordinary child going to school and trying to please his family. Does he have a special talent like his brother? Who is the man missing from the family photo album? How will family secrets shape his life? His perfect illustrations tie it all together.