Journey into the Whirlwind [NOOK Book]

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Both witness to and victim of Stalin’s reign of terror, a courageous woman tells the story of her harrowing eighteen-year odyssey through Russia’s prisons and labor camps. Translated by Paul Stevenson and Max Hayward. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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Overview

Both witness to and victim of Stalin’s reign of terror, a courageous woman tells the story of her harrowing eighteen-year odyssey through Russia’s prisons and labor camps. Translated by Paul Stevenson and Max Hayward. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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James Billington
Probably the best account that has ever published of... the Stalin era... extends the imagination and involves us all in the bewildering inhumanity of the Russian camps. Bookworld
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547541013
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/4/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 142,084
  • File size: 854 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Better than The Gulag Archipelago

    Mrs. Ginzburg writes of her years in the Soviet gulag system with depth of understanding, humility, and concern for her fellow man. I found Solzhenitsyn's more famous work to be self-serving and boring by comparison. "Journey" is a must-read, not only for history buffs, but for all seekers of truth and lovers of humanity.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Memoir History at its Best

    I recently read this book for an upper division History course at my university. The course was an in depth examination of the Soviet Union, and I can honestly say that this book was one of the most provocative, alarming and eye-opening pieces that I have ever read.

    Ginzburg is arrested during the Stalinist Purges, and she spends the next two decades in Siberian prison camps. Her eye witness accounts of these terrible institutions is chilling, and her narrative is one of stark honesty paired with sharp observation skills. As a history student herself, Ginzburg provides many insights that a normal prisoner might not have had to offer. The frank examination of not only the events she suffered but the events occurring at large are invaluable.

    That being said, the book is more effective if you have some working knowledge of Soviet Russia. As a story it is riveting, but as a social history this memoir is absolutely priceless. With personal touches and a wide historical lens, Ginzburg puts a face to some of most terrible conditions a human can be subjected to.

    It might be readily apparent, but this story is not a happy one. It deals with destruction of families, the disillusionment that comes from being imprisoned and the straight out murder of normal people imprisoned for what seems to be ridiculous crimes. The story is also one of the indomitable human spirit, however, and of survival in the darkest of days.

    Well, well worth a read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001

    Every once in a while you encouter something memrable

    These days it is rare to find writing that forces you to sit down and think - what brilliance; sit down, take a deep breath and visualize being in the place where the author suffered; pondering what you would have said or done in her place. You shake your head and say: Is This Possible... A few have written and passed on the character of a survivor - like Wiesel's Night or a WWI trench soldier. Ginzburg gave us a gift of hope and knowledge about the reality of the Stalin regime. I was born in Georgia, Stalin's birthplace. Until now, to me, the truth about that time was in some ways unclear. My highest praises for opening my eyes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

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    Highly recommended and a study into the insanity of Stalinism and isms like it...

    I look forward to the re-release of the next volume. A fascinating insight into the Stalinist terror era and how it worked, plus amazement that Ginzburg stayed a communist through it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    If you feel unhappy

    Read this book! It is a poem about the things wich stay with us when 'everything is lost'.

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    Posted July 26, 2009

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