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Seven Lives of Dinah Ash, 2019

Identifier: cw_2019spring_kaplun_maria.pdf

Scope and Content Note

From the Series:

The series contains digital Master's theses perdominately from 2018 to present, however there are some older theses from 2010 and 2016. The theses consist of either a production book and a media component or solely a production book. The media components were originally submitted on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and changed to digital submissions in 2020.


  • 2019


Conditions Governing Use

The thesis is restricted due to FERPA, permission from the author is required before you can view the thesis.


110 pages (110 pages)

Language of Materials

From the record group: English

From the record group: Chinese

From the record group: Spanish; Castilian


"This bildungsroman is about the search for and the meaning of identity, about the essence of culture, and, as any human pursuit, about love and death. Dinah Ash is a Russian Jewish ballerina, who grows up in the late Soviet Union and moves to the U.S. to escape the rising tide of antisemitism as her civilization is collapsing. Having lost her fiancé to the Afghanistan war and her grandmother to lymphoma, she is alone in a strange land, soon to discover she is losing ballet, too, to Chernobyl-caused lung cancer. This novel is her journey through happiness and love and loss; immigration, nostalgia, and culture shock; the torturously slow comprehension of her own Jewishness; her struggle with the concepts of religion and family and of home, finally finding all three where she would not have thought to look: in a small synagogue, in a small American town." -- Abstract

Physical Location

RG 010.01B Writing, Literature & Publishing

Physical Description

110 pages

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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