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PostDr Nora Volkow, Trotsky's Great-Granddaughter (Tamara Zuniga-Brown, USA, 01/04/18 3:39 am)
To add to the incredible Trotsky story: Here is his great-granddaughter, Dr. Nora Volkov, leaving an indelible mark on the world, and on medical history, through her intelligence, commitment, and compassion--as did her father, and her sisters. Diane Rhem also had a great interview with her. I'll let you discover the impacting story in the links below.
As a side note, I developed a lesson plan around this clip for my advanced note-taking and vocabulary class. My Saudi and Chinese students were deeply intrigued! The truth is so much more interesting.
Hooked: Why bad habits are hard to break (60 Minutes, 2012):
The Diane Rehm interview:
JE comments: How many of you knew this? Dr Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse since 2003, grew up in the same Coyoacán house where Trotsky was murdered in 1940. This fact alone would really leave its mark on you. I wonder if her mother opened the door for me when I visited in 1984.
Dr V's work on addiction explores one of the fundamental mysteries of the human condition: What makes us dependent on behaviors that we know are destructive?
Thank you and all the best for 2018, Tamara. ¡Feliz año nuevo!
Padura's "The Man who Loved Dogs"
(Paul Levine, Denmark
01/04/18 2:39 PM)
Those who are interested in another fascinating view of Trotsky in Mexico should read Leonardo Padura's
superb novel, The Man Who Loved Dogs.
Padura, a Cuban novelist, writes an imaginative study of Leon
Trotsky, his murderer Ramón Mercader, and the worlds of Russia, Spain, Mexico, and, of course, Cuba.
JE comments: Paul Levine reminds me of a book I promised to read three years ago, but still haven't. For shame, JE!
WAISer Luciano Dondero, who was a Trotskyist in his youth, first brought Padura's novel to our attention in 2014. One reviewer described the work as a Russian novel, due to its length, its Dostoevskian psychology, and its Tolstoyan historical scope.