One More Year

Series of stories from the debut collection by Sana Krasikov, exploring the experiences of characters who leave the former Soviet Union for a new life in America.

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AR01Maia In Yonkers2009063020111106
20090630 (BBC7)
20121217 (BBC7)
20121218 (BBC7)
20131126 (BBC7)
20131127 (BBC7)

Following the death of her husband and with no job, Maia finds work in New York, caring for an elderly woman.

She sends money back home to her sister, who looks after her teenage son Gogi, so they can live a better life.

Gogi sees his mother's absence differently, and Maia must contend with his resentment on his much-anticipated visit to the Big Apple.

Read by Sian Thomas.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Maia sends money home to her sister, but has to contend with her son's resentment.

Following the death of her husband and with no job, Maia finds work in New York, caring for an elderly woman.

An immigrant worker eagerly anticipates a visit from the teenage son she left behind.

An immigrant worker eagerly anticipates a visit from the teenage son she left behind in her home country. Read by Sian Thomas

AR02Companion2009070120111113
20090701 (BBC7)
20121218 (BBC7)
20121219 (BBC7)
20131127 (BBC7)
20131128 (BBC7)

Ilona Siegal leaves conflict-riven Georgia and arrives in America looking for a brighter future.

When she meets Thomasz, who has recently left his homeland behind him, the two find common ground in the hardships they have suffered.

Then there is Earl, the elderly man who lets her have a room in his apartment while she gets her life in order, in return for her companionship.

Read by Sian Thomas.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Ilona Siegal looks for love after arriving in America and finds common ground with Thomasz

Companion is the next selected story from Sana Krasikov's collection One More Year.

Ilona Siegal has left conflict riven Georgia and anticipates a brighter future in America.

The stories selected from One More Year by the Ukranian writer Sana Krasikov centre on the experiences of those who have left the former Soviet Union, and gone to America.

How they make new lives for themselves, and how those left behind understand their absence are the themes of these subtle, and touching, stories by an exciting literary talent.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Sana Krasikov's story about the search for a better life.

Ilona Siegal left conflict riven Georgia in the hopes of a brighter future in America.

Ilona Siegal left conflict riven Georgia in the hopes of a brighter future in America. Read by Sian Thomas

AR03 LASTThe Repatriates2009070220121219 (BBC7)
20121220 (BBC7)
20131128 (BBC7)
20131129 (BBC7)

After years of living in America, Grisha and Lera Arsenyev return to Moscow.

Grisha, full of contempt for the West, believes that his dreams of success will be fulfilled in his homeland, but the couple find that their country has changed beyond recognition.

Now Moscow is a different place, and they struggle to understand the life and culture of the city.

Soon they find that their expectations and their dreams cannot be reconciled.

Read by Sian Thomas.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Grisha and Lera return to Moscow, but find Russia has changed beyond recognition.

After years in America, Grisha and Lera return to Moscow, but find Russia has changed beyond recognition. Read by Sian Thomas