Russian pianist Polina Osetinskaya has written a disturbing memoir Farewell Sadness (published by Limbus Press in St. Petersburg, Russia). The book can be characterized as a musical daddy dearest – a dark portrait of her father Oleg Osetinsky, a prominent Russian filmmaker and cruel, brutal taskmaster who now claims his methods resulted in his daughter’s success.

If her book makes more listeners aware of her musical gifts, it will have served a vital purpose in linking audiences and artist. Again this proves that the artist’s life is not all glamour. There can be pain, exhaustion and self doubt along the way. Kudos to Osetinskaya for triumphing over physical and artistic adversity!
Lawrence Budmen, one of the oldest music critics of South Florida

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