About the Author

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Born in Paris in 1924, Natasha Borovsky went to school in Germany, Switzerland and France, and attended Sarah Lawrence College. At a young age, her language skills landed her an editorial position at the Office of War Information in New York.

Her father, the renowned Russian pianist Alexander Borovsky, while attending the conservatory in St. Petersburg taught piano to the nephews of Tsar Nicholas II in their palace at Pavlovsk. Her mother, Maria Sila-Nowicki, was of noble Polish and Russian descent. As a child, Borovsky spent winters and summers at her mother's family estate near Kazimierz Dolny, south of Warsaw.

Already an established poet, in 1986, she achieved international recognition with the publication of "A Daughter of the Nobility," a novel that draws on the Russian and Polish background of her family. Its successor, "Lost Heritage," (which is more than a sequel and can be read independently) deals with events in her own lifetime and is a work of exceptional scope and vitality.

With her British husband, a retired newspaper executive, Natasha Borovsky lives in Berkeley, California, where she lectures and gives readings of her poetry.