Intimacy And Terror

Intimacy And Terror

by Veronique Garros
     
 

ISBN-10: 1565843983

ISBN-13: 9781565843981

Pub. Date: 09/01/1997

Publisher: New Press, The

The result of a unique international collaborative investigation by Russian, French, and Swiss scholars into hundreds of private, unpublished diaries found in remote libraries, archives, and family holdings, Intimacy and Terror paints a broad picture of Russian life during the harshest years of Stalin’s reign. The ten diaries reveal the day-to-day

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The result of a unique international collaborative investigation by Russian, French, and Swiss scholars into hundreds of private, unpublished diaries found in remote libraries, archives, and family holdings, Intimacy and Terror paints a broad picture of Russian life during the harshest years of Stalin’s reign. The ten diaries reveal the day-to-day thoughts of ordinary citizens, some far removed from political turmoil, some closely enmeshed. Together they paint an extraordinarily broad portrait of Russian life in the thirties; their insights into the daily life of that time have astonished even the Russian historians who read the original manuscripts. The diarists range from the ambitious literary bureaucrat who moves forward by denouncing his colleagues to the young unlettered careerist learning the ways of Soviet success; from the wife of a government bureaucrat, who writes in a pure Stalinist prose, to the candid thoughts and uncertainties of a dissident; from a provincial sailor on a distant Arctic vessel to Moscow intellectuals who meet and recount their conversations with Anna Akhmatova. Some of the diarists are wholly oblivious to the terrors of Stalin's purges; others see the failures of the regime as clearly as those writing today.

To set the diaries in context, the book begins with a “Chronicle of the Year 1937”—an extraordinary montage comprised of excerpts from the daily newspaper Izvestiya juxtaposed with corresponding entries from am collective farmer’s diary—and also includes a chronology of major events in the Soviet Union during the latter half of the decade. The diaries bring us the true-life counterparts of characters we remember from classic Russian literature. Intimacy and Terror provides an unprecedented, intimate view of daily life in Russia at the height of Stalinism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565843981
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
0.93(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Editors' Introduction
Translator's Note
Chronology1
Chronicle of the Year 1937 as Recorded by the Newspaper Izvestiya and Collective Farmer Ignat Danilovich Frolov11
Diary of Fyodor Efimovich Shirnov67
Diary of Lev Vladimirovich Gornung99
Diary of Andrei Stepanovich Arzhilovsky111
Diary of Galina Vladimirovna Shtange167
Diary of Vladimir Petrovich Stavsky219
Diary of Leonid Mekseyevich Potyomkin251
Diary of Stepan Filippovich Podlubny293
Diary of Lyubov Vasilievna Shaporina333
Diary of Oleg Nikolaevich Frelikh383

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