This book is based on the writings of Alexei Ekimovsky, the grandson of Dora Naumovna Ekimovskaya, who lived with Oskar Schlemmer until the outbreak of World War I. The eventful and internationally active life of this Russian revolutionary becomes tangible for the first time.
Born in 1890 in tsarist Slonim, Dora "Darya" Jekimowskaja developed early on into a supporter of the Jewish workers' movement. With her flight from military arbitrariness she organized herself subversively, first in the countryside, later in Vilnius. In 1907 she went to Berlin via Tilsit and Königsberg. After experiences in the bohemian world and in established artistic milieus, she met Oskar Schlemmer, with whom she had an intensive liaison until she finally returned to what was now Soviet Russia, via detours across half of Europe. The book conveys closeness to a generation that witnessed the fundamental upheavals of the 20th century.