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The 900-day siege of Lenningrad (1941-440 was one of the turning points of the Second World War. It slowed down the German advance into Russia and became a national symbol of survival and resistance. From her own experience as a survivor of the blockade and using facts, conversations and impressions collected over the years, Lidiya Ginzburg has created a remarkable everyman hero in whom she distils the collective experience of life under siege. Though the author may depict, often painfully, the hunger and ...

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Notes From the Blockade

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Overview

The 900-day siege of Lenningrad (1941-440 was one of the turning points of the Second World War. It slowed down the German advance into Russia and became a national symbol of survival and resistance. From her own experience as a survivor of the blockade and using facts, conversations and impressions collected over the years, Lidiya Ginzburg has created a remarkable everyman hero in whom she distils the collective experience of life under siege. Though the author may depict, often painfully, the hunger and harrowing conditions of that period, the reader takes away a different impression: the dignity, vitality and intellectual resilience of the thinking mind as it records and makes sense of extreme experience. This first translation of a classic work of documentary fiction, reminscient of the work of Primo Levi and Albert Camus, introduces a major twentieth-century Russian writer to English-language readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446475591
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 130
  • File size: 225 KB

Meet the Author

Lidiya Ginzburg (1902-1990), a respected Russian literary critic, was often at odds with the Soviet literary establishment and much of her writing had to be confined to the 'desk drawer'. She was born in Odessa in 19022 and moved to Leningrad in 1922 where she studied at the State Insitute for Art History. She survived the purges, the blockade and the anti-Semitic years of the 1950s to become a friend and inspiration to the postwar generation of Petersburg poets, including Joseph Brodsky and Alexandr Kushner. Eventually in 1960s and 70s she was able to publish her literary criticism and theory, but it was not until 1984 that Ginzburg published Blockade Diary in the journal Neva. She died in 1990.

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