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'People care desperately about courage. For once, I am one of the
people. Do you want to know what it means to care desperately? It
means that I am prepared to give up dignity, talent and generosity
for the attribute of courage. When I fantasise about what people
will say after my death, I know what I want them to
recall--whatever her flaws (too numerous to mention), she certainly
had guts. Yet the courage I conjure up in my fantasies exists
outside of the extremes of violence, endurance and fear. It is not
primarily a virtuous ideal or an idea, but rather an expression of
the human spirit-messy, explosive and morally ambivalent.' Maria
Tumarkin's view of courage contains no dead military heroes. Young,
female, an immigrant from the crumbling Soviet states, she mines
her own remarkable life story to produce a meditation on the
courage we need to live our everyday lives. A hybrid of memoir and
philosophy, of experience and ideas, Courage is a hugely
entertaining and provocative read from a writer of startling
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