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Lina Prokofiev's letters



Prokofiev called his wife an "infected tooth".

Sergei Prokofiev may have been one of the greatest composers of the 20th century giving us the War and Peace ballet and Peter and the Wolf but he was a nasty and abusive husband. The devastating story of the suffering his wife Lina went through both at his hands and in the eight years that she spent in one of Stalin's labour camps in Siberia has come to light after her letters were released from Russia's state archive. They are being published in the form of a book later this month. Prokofiev called his wife an "infected tooth, " made her feel like "a freak and an idiot", and told her that she inspired no love in him. He was unfaithful to her but she continued to love him. "Well, go ahead and see her, " she wrote when she found out about his affair. "I won't object;but that doesn't mean you have to live with her. " In the Siberian camp she was tortured with needles and truncheon beatings. But till she died in 1989, she did her best to promote Prokofiev's music and defend him in public.

Copycat Ono?

ABrooklyn fashion designer has filed a lawsuit against Yoko Ono accusing her of ripping off her wacky new line. Haleh Nematzadeh claimed John Lennon's 80-year-old widow's design team saw sketches of her women's line before tweaking it and selling the knockoffs online. Nematzadeh, who owns the Bushwick-based clothing firm, Smashing Starlets, said she met with photographers working for Opening Ceremony, a retailer that now sells Ono hoping to get images of her Gonna Walk the Night collection in the store's catalogue. Instead, the lensmen teamed up with Ono's designers, who altered the garments into a men's line without permission, the designer claimed in the New York Post. Ono says her fashion line - which features nipple holes and handprints on crotches - is a tribute to Lennon's hot body. "I was inspired to create Fashion for Men, [because I was] amazed at how my man was looking so great. I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasising his very sexy bod," her statement says. Nematzadeh dismissed this as a feeble attempt. "She's trying to put fetish in context, but since when does fetish and John Lennon go together?" she said. "When you think of the Beatles, you think of doves and trees, not that."

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