Nora Volkow: Two paths to the future pg. 4
Volkov’s daughters, who end their last name with a “W” instead of the Russian “V,” gradually heard details of their great-grandfather’s story—but not from their father. “It was a very, very painful period, so he couldn’t really speak about it,” Nora explains.
They learned from the constant stream of visitors who knocked on Trotsky’s door.
“As little girls, whenever somebody rang the bell and asked us to guide them through the house, we did so, and that was a privilege,” recalls Natalia. “We usually took a long time talking to them—listening to them.”
On one occasion, a group of visitors from South America took the tour, and afterwards Nora got into a lengthy conversation about One Hundred Years of Solitude, which she was reading. Later she learned that one of the men with whom she had been talking all afternoon was the book’s author, Gabriel García Márquez.